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This is an English translation of Euripides' tragedy Heracles on how Heracles is maddened by the gods to murder his wife and children. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.
Euripides' Heracles is an extraordinary play, innovative in its treatment of the myth, bold in its dramatic structure, and filled with affective human pathos. The play tells a tale of horror: Heracles, the greatest hero of the Greeks, is maddened by the gods to murder his wife and children. But this suffering and divine malevolence are leavened by the friendship between Heracles and Theseus, which allows the hero to survive this final and most painful labor. The Heracles raises profound questions about the gods and mortal values in a capricious and harsh world.
English translation of a popular Euripides play.
English translation of Euripides' tragedy how Heracles is maddened by the gods to murder his wife and children. Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture.
English translation. This is an extraordinary play filled with affecting human pathos--innovative in its treatment of myth and bold in its dramatic structure. Includes essays on Euripides, performance, and interpretation of Myth; a list of suggested readings; and map.
English translation of Euripides' tragedy in which the hero Heracles, maddened by the gods, murders his wife and children but is returned to sanity by friendship and courage. Includes notes, an introduction on Euripides and the ancient theater, an interpretive essay on the play, and bibliography.
About the Author
Michael Halleran is Provost at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He has translated and commented on Euripides' tragedies "Heracles" and "Hippolytus," both of which are published in the Focus Classical Library, of which he was series editor for many years.