Euripides: Bakkhai

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Robert E. Meagher
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Jan 1, 1995 - Drama - 97 pages
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Euripides Bakkhai presents the inner conflict between the untamed, irrational side of man represented by the god Dionysos and the rational side represented by the god Apollo. Meagher offers a rich and revealing introduction to ancient Greek tragedy -- a remarkably appropriate alternative to Sophocles' Oedipus the King.

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Euripides was born in Attica, Greece probably in 480 B.C. He was the youngest of the three principal fifth-century tragic poets. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia. Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis, Medea and Philoctetes, Electra, Iphigenia in Tauris, The Trojan Women, and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia. He died in Athens in 406 B.C.

ROBERT E. MEAGHER is Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.

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