One of antiquity''s greatest poets, Euripides (ca. 485-406 BCE) has been prized in every age for the
pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of
his dramatic creations. Here, in the third volume of a new edition
that is receiving much praise, is the text and translation of three
of his plays.
Trojan Women, a play about the causes and consequences
of war, develops the theme of the tragic unpredictability of life.
Iphigenia among the Taurians and Ion exhibit
tragic themes and situations (the murder of close relatives). Each
ends happily with a joyful reunion.
As in the first three volumes of this edition, David Kovacs
gives us a freshly edited Greek text and an admired new translation
that, in the words of Greece and Rome, is "close to the
Greek and reads fluently and well;" his introduction to each play
and explanatory notes offer readers judicious guidance.