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Hippolytos

by Euripides

|February 1, 1993

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In most versions of the Hippolytos myth, Phaidra is depicted as an utterly debauched character, a woman reduced to shamelessness by the power of Aphrodite. In Euripides' Hippolytos, however--informed by the playwright's moral and religious fascination--we find…

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The tragedy of Oedipus, who unknowingly slays his father and marries his mother, is one of the mythical cornerstones of Western civilization. Nicholas Rudall's new translation remains true to Sophocles original text while fashioning a language of grace and…

Electra

by E. A. Sophocles

|June 1, 1993

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Sophocles' classic drama of a daughter's revenge of her father's murder has been translated into playable language for modern audiences. As an example of Sophoclean tragedy, with its fatalistic acceptance of human doom, Electra is unsurpassed. It is, in…

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Translated and edited by Peter D. Arnott, this classic and highly popular edition contains two essential plays in the development of Greek tragedy- Oedipus the King and Antigone -for performance and study. The editor's introduction contains a brief biography of…

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One of the greatest, most moving of all tragedies, Antigone continues to have meaning for us because of its depiction of the struggle between individual conscience and state policy, and its delicate probing of the nature of human suffering. Mr. Rudall's splendid…

Women of Trachis

by Sophocles

|April 30, 1999

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Mutability; uncertainty; a universe of precipitous change: these themes are at the heart of Sophocles' tragic vision. But nowhere are they elaborated with more urgency than in Women of Trachis. There are no subtle shifts of Fortune's favors in this tragedy,…

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In their translation of Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis, noted American poet W.S. Merwin and eminent classicist George E. Dimock offer a compelling look at the devastating consequence of "man's inhumanity to man." A stern critique of Greek culture, Iphigeneia at…

Oedipus the King

by .. Sophocles

|October 24, 1972

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Washington Square Press Enriched Classics make great literature even more accessible to a new generation of readers, with expanded and updated reader's supplements and essential historical information. Oedipus the King is the 2,000-year-old masterpiece that…

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In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war. The darker comedy of The Clouds satirizes Athenian philosophers, Socrates in particular, and reflects the uncertainties of a generation in which all traditional religious and…

Persians

by Aeschylus

|November 1, 1994

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The Persians, Aeschylus' earliest surviving tragedy, holds a fascination both for readers of Greek drama and Greek history. Not only is it the earliest existing play in the Western tradition, it is drawn directly from the playwright's own experiences at the…

Alcestis

by Euripides

|December 1, 1994

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At once a vigorous translation of one of Euripides' most subtle and witty plays, and a wholly fresh interpretation, this version reveals for the first time the extraordinary formal beauty and thematic concentration of the Alcestis. William Arrowsmith, eminent…

Medea

by Euripides

|August 29, 2000

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Medea, whose magical powers helped Jason and the Argonauts take the Golden Fleece, remains one the strongest female characters ever to appear on stage. In the play she kills her own children-a desperate and powerful act. Nicholas Rudall's deft translation for…