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Helen

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Outstepping the literal bounds of genre, Euripides' Helen has been referred to by scholars as both a tragedy and a comedy. In this sensitive new translation by James Michie and Colin Leach, Euripides' fragile structure of subtlety, in both timing and tone, is beautifully preserved. From the myth ascribed to the Sicilian poet Stesichorus, Helen plays on the question of two Helens: one a phantom in Troy, and the other the real Helen who remained in Egypt. A myriad of reversals, thought-provoking examples of differing orders of reality, and juxtapositions of opposites, allow Euripides to comment on the futility of war and the distinction between appearance and reality.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 141.7 x 216.4 x 9.1mm | 124.41g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195077105
  • 9780195077100
  • 890,814

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"The translation is clear and conveys well the sense of the original Greek. I much prefer it to the others that are currently available. The introduction gives a good demonstration of the problems of interpretation critics of the play encounter. The notes are very clear and should be helpful to the Greekless reader."--Patricia P. Matsen, University of South Carolina"One can savour these beautiful individual editions."--John Dillon, Hermathena-Trinity College/Dublin"Skillfully represented."--Bernard Bredley, Kings College, London"Well edited, priced right."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island "The translation is clear and conveys well the sense of the original Greek. I much prefer it to the others that are currently available. The introduction gives a good demonstration of the problems of interpretation critics of the play encounter. The notes are very clear and should be helpful to the Greekless reader."--Patricia P. Matsen, University of South Carolina "One can savour these beautiful individual editions."--John Dillon, Hermathena-Trinity College/Dublin "Skillfully represented."--Bernard Bredley, Kings College, London "Well edited, priced right."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island "The translation is clear and conveys well the sense of the original Greek. I much prefer it to the others that are currently available. The introduction gives a good demonstration of the problems of interpretation critics of the play encounter. The notes are very clear and should be helpful to the Greekless reader."--Patricia P. Matsen, University of South Carolina "One can savour these beautiful individual editions."--John Dillon, Hermathena-Trinity College/Dublin "Skillfully represented."--Bernard Bredley, Kings College, London "Well edited, priced right."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Island "The translation is clear and conveys well the sense of the original Greek. I much prefer it to the others that are currently available. The introduction gives a good demonstration of the problems of interpretation critics of the play encounter. The notes are very clear and should be helpful tothe Greekless reader."--Patricia P. Matsen, University of South Carolina"One can savour these beautiful individual editions."--John Dillon, Hermathena-Trinity College/Dublin"Skillfully represented."--Bernard Bredley, Kings College, London"Well edited, priced right."--Edna L. Steeves, University of Rhode Islandshow more

About Euripides

About the Translators James Michie is translator of The Odes of Horace and The Centennial Hymn. Colin Leach is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University.show more

Back cover copy

Among the legends of ancient Greece, there is perhaps no story more compelling than that of Helen. Her surpassing beauty was said to have launched the Greek fleet of a thousand ships to Troy. No woman was so adored and so hated. She was seen as both prize and scapegoat, the promise of bliss and the assurance of doom.show more

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660 ratings
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2 9% (57)
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