In Herakles, Euripides reveals with great subtlety and complexity the often brutal underpinnings of our social arrangements. The play enacts a thoroughly contemporary dilemma about the relationship between personal and state violence to civic order. Of all of Euripides' plays, this is his most skeptically subversive examination of myth, morality, and power. Depicting Herakles slowly going mad by Hera, the wife of Zeus, this play continues to haunt and inspire readers. Hera hates Herakles because he is one of Zeus' children born of adultery, and in his madness, Herakles is driven to murder his own wife and children and is eventually exiled, by his own accord, to Athens. This new volume includes a fresh translation, an updated introduction, detailed notes on the text, and a thorough glossary.
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More Greek tragedy, this one involving the feud between Hera and Hercules. After fulfilling his labors, Herakles arrives home to find his father, wife, and children homeless. He decides to take ... Read full review
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achievements action akles Alkmene Alkmene's altar ambivalent Amphitryon Apollo Argos arrows Athenian Athens blood boys called celebrate Cerberus chariot chorus city's cult dance daughter dead death deity Delos Dionysos divine dramatic earth Elektryon endure Euboea Euripides Eurystheus exile Exit face fate father friendship goddess Greece Greek grief Hades hand head Hera Hera's Herakles hero hero's heroic honor human hydra inside the house Iris justice Kadmos keep killing king Kreon labors lines lion live Look Lykos Lyssa madness megara messenger monster mortal mother murder Muses Mycenae myth mythic Old friend Olympian gods Olympos Peloponnese peripeteia play play's poetry Prokne religious rescue rhythm ritual role sing slaughter sons Sophocles spear stage stain stasimon stone story suicide Taphians tears Tereus Theban Thebes There's Theseus Thessaly traditional tragedy translation turn underworld victory warrior What's who's wife of Zeus Zeus