Euripides Plays, Volume 1

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Read Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Drama - 396 pages
A.S. Way's celebrated translation of Euripides, which appears now for the first time, takes the place of an old version by several eighteenth and early nineteenth century hands. It is recognized as being perhaps the best English verse rendering of a dramatist whose tremendous powers had been for long despised; and it reveals profound sympathy with the style and feeling of the original. John Warrington's Introduction explains the background against which these masterpieces were performed, and traces the influence of philosophical currents and political events upon the mind of Euripides.

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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.

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