Medea and Other Plays : Medea/ Alcestis/The Children of Heracles/ Hippolytus "Alcestis", "Children of Heracles", "Hippolytus", Paperback

Medea and Other Plays : Medea/ Alcestis/The Children of Heracles/ Hippolytus "Alcestis", "Children of Heracles", "Hippolytus" Paperback

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Previously 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").


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, notes, bibliography, glossary
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780140449297



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I don't even remember which edition I read. One of the best things to come out of my experiences as an erstwhile Classical Studies minor is being introduced to the philosophies and tragedies that shaped Western Civ. as I know it now. Euripedes: you're a genius, is all I'm saying. The depth of a mother's love and the passion of a betrayed woman... Woosh!