Author(s): Euripides, Rutherford, Richard, Davie, John,
Date of Publication: 27/03/2003,
Pagination: 256 pages,
Imprint: Penguin Classics,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Classic plays, Fiction in translation
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