Heracles and Other Plays

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Penguin UK, Jun 27, 2002 - Drama - 368 pages
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Heracles/ Iphigenia Among the Taurians/ Helen/ Ion/ Cyclops: Of these plays, only 'Heracles' truly belongs in the tragic sphere with its presentation of underserved suffering and divine malignity. The other plays flirt with comedy and comic themes. Their plots are ironic and complex with deception and elusion eventually leading to reconciliation between mother and son in 'Ion', brother and sister in 'Iphigenia', and husband and wife in 'Helen'. The comic vein is even stronger in the satyric'Cyclops' in which the giant's inebriation and subsequent violence are treated as humorous. Together, these plays demonstrate Euripides' challenge to the generic boundaries of Athenian drama.
 

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Contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
NOTE ON THE TEXT
HERACLES
CHARACTERS
 
IPHIGENIA AMONG THE TAURIANS
CHARACTERS
CYCLOPS
CHARACTERS
 
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Other translations
General works on Greek tragedy
The Greek theatre

 
ION
CHARACTERS
 
HELEN
CHARACTERS
 
Historical and cultural background
Discussions of plays in this volume
Special aspects
General reference works
GLOSSARY OF MYTHOLOGICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
Copyright

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Euripides (c.485-406 BC) is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive. John Davie is Head of Classics at St Paul's School in London. Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. Together they have translated and edited 'Alcestis & Other Plays' and 'Medea & Other Plays' for Penguin Classics.

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