Heracles and Other Plays
Alcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * CyclopsEuripides wrote about timeless themes, of friendship and enmity, hope and despair, duty and betrayal. The first three plays in this volume are filled with violence or its threat, while the fourth, Cyclops, is our only surviving example of a genuine satyr play, with all the crude and slapstickhumour that characterized the genre.There is death in Alcestis, which explores the marital relationship of Alcestis and Admetus with pathos and grim humour, but whose status as tragedy is subverted by a happy ending. The blood-soaked Heracles portrays deep emotional pain and undeserved suffering; its demand for a more humanisticethics in the face of divine indifference and callousness makes it one of Euripides' more popular and profound plays. Children of Heracles is a rich and complex work, famous for its dialogues and monologues, in which the effects of war on refugees and the consequences of sheltering them aremovingly explored. In Cyclops Euripides takes the familiar story of Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus and turns it to hilarious comic effect. Euripides' other plays are all available in Oxford World's Classics.
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Note on the Translation
CHILDREN OF HERACLES
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ADMETUS Alcestis ALCMENE alive altar AMPHITRYON ancient Apollo Argive Argos Aristophanes arms Athenian Athens Attica Bacchus battle blood body Cambridge cave Children of Heracles CHORUS sings Cyclops dancing daughter dead death DEMOPHON Dionysus divine drink earth Easterling enemy Enter Euripidean tragedy Euripides Eurystheus Exit eyes fate father funeral goddess gods Greece Greek Tragedy guest-friends Hades halls hands happened Hera HERALD hero honour human husband inside IOLAUS killed king labours land live lolaus look lord LYCUS madness maiden MANSERVANT Marathon Medea MEGARA MESSENGER misfortune mortal mother murder Mycenae myths never noble ODYSSEUS old friend once Oxford World's Classics pain palace performed Pherae PHERES Polyphemus Reading sacrifice satyr drama satyr play scene SEMICHORUS SERVANT SILENUS slaves song sons Sophocles suppliants tears tell temple theatre Thebes There's THESEUS things tragic underworld wife wine woman women young Zeus