Electra

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Nick Hern Books, 2004 - Drama - 72 pages
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Euripides' version of the Ancient Greek myth of revenge on a murdering parent.

Electra's brother Orestes returns to avenge the murder of his father, Agamemnon, by his mother Clytemnestra.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.

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Review: Electra

User Review  - Lotz - Goodreads

You may find a fascinating case study in artistic approach when you compare the Libation Bearers of Aeschylus and the Electra plays of Sophocles and Euripides. The three great Greek tragedians all ... Read full review

Review: Electra

User Review  - Cymru Roberts - Goodreads

This might be my favorite play by Euripides. It reaches Aeschylus levels of gravity with its beautiful language; the dark elegies of Electra are at the level of Sophocles; yet the play is pure ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

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.

Marianne Macdonald was born in Canada and lived there until the age of twenty, when she went to Oxford to do graduate work. She has lived in England ever since, pursuing an academic career nutil she retired to focus on writing and acting. ""Die Once"" is the sixth book in her Dido Hoare series.

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical Theatre, Masks and Puppets, Russian Theatre, American Theatre, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theatre, Directing and Acting.

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