Heracles and Other Plays

Paperback | October 15, 2008

EditorEuripidesTranslated byRobin WaterfieldbyEdith Hall

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Alcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * CyclopsEuripides wrote about timeless themes, of friendship and enmity, hope and despair, duty and betrayal. The first three plays in this volume are filled with violence or its threat, while the fourth, Cyclops, is our only surviving example of a genuine satyr play, with all the crude and slapstickhumour that characterized the genre.There is death in Alcestis, which explores the marital relationship of Alcestis and Admetus with pathos and grim humour, but whose status as tragedy is subverted by a happy ending. The blood-soaked Heracles portrays deep emotional pain and undeserved suffering; its demand for a more humanisticethics in the face of divine indifference and callousness makes it one of Euripides' more popular and profound plays. Children of Heracles is a rich and complex work, famous for its dialogues and monologues, in which the effects of war on refugees and the consequences of sheltering them aremovingly explored. In Cyclops Euripides takes the familiar story of Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus and turns it to hilarious comic effect. Euripides' other plays are all available in Oxford World's Classics.

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Alcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * CyclopsEuripides wrote about timeless themes, of friendship and enmity, hope and despair, duty and betrayal. The first three plays in this volume are filled with violence or its threat, while the fourth, Cyclops, is our only surviving example of a genuine satyr play, with all t...

Robin Waterfield has translated numerous classical texts for OWC, including Plato's Republic, Herodotus' Histories and Plutarch's Greek Lives and Roman Lives Edith Hall is co-director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on ancient Greek drama and society, revie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.47 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I enjoyed Euripides' version of the Herakles myth - specifically the heinous crime that leads to the sentence of the 12 Labors. The other plays were ok, but not as great.
Date published: 2016-11-08

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AbbreviationsIntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Euripiedes' Work and TimesMap of the Greek WorldAlcestisHeraclesChildren of HeraclesCyclopsExplanatory NotesTextual Notes