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    Heracles and Other Plays: and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Euripides, Volume editor Edith Hall, Volume editor James Morwood, Translated by Robin Waterfield

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    DescriptionAlcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * Cyclops Euripides 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 slapstick humour 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 humanistic ethics 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 are movingly 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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    Title
    Heracles and Other Plays: and Other Plays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Euripides, Volume editor Edith Hall, Volume editor James Morwood, Translated by Robin Waterfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 176 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780192832597
    ISBN 10: 019283259X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    DC21: 882.01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    LC classification: PA3975
    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
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    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    10 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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, reviews and appears on radio and television. She has written introductions to the other four volumes of Euripides' plays in OWC. James Morwood has translated three volumes of Euripides' plays for OWC and is the author of The Plays of Euripides and A Dictionary ofLatin Words and Phrases.