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Loeb Classical Library #012: Volume I. Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea

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Euripides of Athens (ca. 485–406 BCE), famous in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations, wrote nearly ninety plays. Of these, eighteen (plus a play of unknown authorship mistakenly included with his works) have come down to us from antiquity. In this first volume of a new Loeb edition of Euripides David Kovacs gives us a freshly edited Greek text of three plays and an accurate and graceful translation with explanatory notes.

Alcestis is the story of a woman who agrees, in order to save her husband's life, to die in his place. Medea is a tragedy of revenge in which Medea kills her own children, as well as their father's new wife, to punish him for his desertion. The volume begins with Cyclops, a satyr play—the only complete example of this genre to survive. Each play is preceded by an introduction.

In a general introduction Kovacs demonstrates that the biographical tradition about Euripides—parts of which view him as a subverter of morality, religion, and art—cannot be relied on. He argues that this tradition has often furnished the unacknowledged starting point for interpretation, and that the way is now clear for an unprejudiced consideration of the plays themselves.

Synopsis:

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) has been prized in every age for his emotional and intellectual drama. Eighteen of his ninety or so plays survive complete, including Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae, one of the great masterpieces of the tragic genre. Fragments of his lost plays also survive.

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One of antiquity's greatest poets, Euripides (ca. 485-406 B.C.) has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. He wrote nearly ninety plays, of which eighteen have come down to us (plus a play of unknown authorship long included with his works). In this new Loeb Classical Library edition of Euripides, David Kovacs presents a freshly edited Greek text and an accurate and graceful translation with explanatory notes. "Cyclops" is a satyr play, the only complete example of this genre to survive. "Alcestis" tells the story of a woman who agrees--in order to save her husband's life--to die in his place. "Medea" is the quintessential tragedy of revenge: Medea kills her own children, as well as their father's new wife, to punish him for desertion.

About the Author

David Kovacs is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Cyclops — Alcestis — Medea.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674995604
Author:
Kovacs, David
Author:
Euripides
Editor:
Kovacs, David
Author:
Kovacs, David
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Greek drama
Subject:
Drama (dramatic works by one author)
Subject:
Alcestis (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Medea (Greek mythology) -- Drama.
Subject:
Alcestis
Subject:
Medea
Subject:
Cyclopes
Subject:
Tragedies
Subject:
Alcestis (Greek mythology) -- Drama.
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
REV
Series:
Loeb Classical Library
Series Volume:
012
Publication Date:
January 1994
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6 x 4 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) has been prized in every age for his emotional and intellectual drama. Eighteen of his ninety or so plays survive complete, including Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae, one of the great masterpieces of the tragic genre. Fragments of his lost plays also survive.
"Synopsis" by , One of antiquity's greatest poets, Euripides (ca. 485-406 B.C.) has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. He wrote nearly ninety plays, of which eighteen have come down to us (plus a play of unknown authorship long included with his works). In this new Loeb Classical Library edition of Euripides, David Kovacs presents a freshly edited Greek text and an accurate and graceful translation with explanatory notes. "Cyclops" is a satyr play, the only complete example of this genre to survive. "Alcestis" tells the story of a woman who agrees--in order to save her husband's life--to die in his place. "Medea" is the quintessential tragedy of revenge: Medea kills her own children, as well as their father's new wife, to punish him for desertion.
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