Author(s): Euripides, Rutherford, Richard, Davie, John,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 27/03/2003,
Pagination: 256 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Penguin Classics,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Classic plays, Fiction in translation
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9780140449297

Alcestis/Medea/The Children of Heracles/Hippolytus

This selection of plays shows Euripides transforming the titanic figures of Greek myths into recognizable, fallible human beings. Medea, in which a spurned woman takes revenge upon her lover by killing her children, is one of the most shocking of all the Greek tragedies. Medea is a towering figure who demonstrates Euripides' unusual willingness to give voice to a woman's case.

Alcestis is based on a magical myth in which Death is overcome, and The Children of Heracles examines conflict between might and right, while Hippolytus deals with self-destructive integrity.

Translated by JOHN DAVIE

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