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    Medea and Other Plays: "Alcestis", "Children of Heracles", "Hippolytus": Medea/ Alcestis/The Children of Heracles/ Hippolytus (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Euripides, Translated by John Davie, Introduction by Richard Rutherford

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    DescriptionPreviously published as "Alcestis and Other Plays", the "Penguin Classics" edition of Euripides' "Medea and Other Plays" is translated by John Davie with introductions and notes by Richard Rutherford. "Medea", in which a spurned woman takes revenge upon her lover by killing her children, is one of the most shocking of all the Greek tragedies. Medea is a towering figure who demonstrates Euripides' unusual willingness to give voice to a woman's case. "Alcestis" is based on a magical myth in which Death is overcome, and the "Children of Heracles" examines conflict between might and right, while "Hippolytus" deals with self-destructive integrity. These plays show Euripides transforming awesome figures of Greek myths into recognisable, fallible human beings. John Davie's accessible prose translation is accompanied by a general introduction and individual prefaces to each play. Euripides (c.485-07 BC) was an Athenian born into a family of considerable rank. Disdaining the public duties expected of him, Euripides spent a life of quiet introspection, spending much of his life in a cave on Salamis. Late in life he voluntarily exiled himself to the court of Archelaus, King of Macedon, where he wrote "The Bacchae", regarded by many as his greatest work. Euripides is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive. If you enjoyed "Medea and Other Plays", you might like Aeschylus' "The Oresteia", also available in "Penguin Classics". "One of the best prose translations of Euripides I have seen". (Robert Fagles). "John Davie's translations are outstanding. The tone throughout is refreshingly modern yet dignified". (William Allan, "Classical Review").


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    Title
    Medea and Other Plays: "Alcestis", "Children of Heracles", "Hippolytus"
    Subtitle
    Medea/ Alcestis/The Children of Heracles/ Hippolytus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Euripides, Translated by John Davie, Introduction by Richard Rutherford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140449297
    ISBN 10: 0140449299
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    DC21: 882.01
    DC22: 882/.01, 882.01
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    LC classification: PA3975 .A2 2003B
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    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: DD
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography, glossary
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Euripides (c.485-406 BC) is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive. John Davie is Head of Classics at St Paul's School in London. Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Classics at Christ Church, Oxford.