Euripides: Herakles

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Drama - 112 pages
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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Euripides (c. 480-406 BCE) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens. Thomas Sleigh and Christian Wolff are both at Dartmouth College.

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