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The Children of Herakles (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)

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Publisher Comments:

One of the shortest plays in Greek drama, The Children of Herakles offers enough action for two or three plays of normal length. But this very richness and complexity have made the play elusive, subject to dismissive readings, and extraordinarily difficult to translate; in consequence, it has suffered from neglect over the ages. This vibrant new translation makes clear that The Children of Herakles is actually a wonderfully well-crafted work of art, a play offering a wealth of rewards to the modern reader.

It is a play about war and the effects of war within the state. Herakles, the legendary hero cursed from birth, was never permitted a triumphant homecoming. Here, his descendants continue the effort to return home, seeking asylum from the persecution of the king who had imposed on Herakles the famous twelve labors. While it pursues concepts of deep moral grandeur, it ends with a denouement of astonishing physical and ethical brutality, and affords Euripides a severe comment on what he believed was the decline of the Athenian character.

About the Author

Henry Taylor is a poet and Professor of Literature at the American University in Washington, D.C.

The late obert A. Brooks was a poet and author of the critical study Ennius and Roman Tragedy. He was also translator of Persius' satires.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195072884
Translator:
Taylor, Henry
Translator:
Brooks, Robert A.
Translator:
Taylor, Henry
Author:
null, Henry
Author:
Euripides
Author:
null, Robert A.
Author:
Taylor, Henry
Author:
Brooks, Robert A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Heracles (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
Classical Studies | Classical Literature in Translation
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series:
Greek Tragedy in New Translations (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1810
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.05x5.36x.27 in. .23 lbs.

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