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Electra and Other Plays (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Euripides , Richard Rutherford , John Davie
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30 April 1998 Penguin Classics

Of all the ancient Greek tragedians, Euripides was the most sensitive to the lives of women and other outcasts in Athenian society, and Electra and Other Plays collects five plays demonstrating his talent for bringing to life their plight. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by John Davie with an introduction and notes by Richard Rutherford.

Written during a period overshadowed by the fierce struggle for supremacy between Sparta and Euripides' native Athens, these five plays are haunted by the shadow of war - and in particular its impact on women. In Electra the children of Agamemnon take bloody revenge on their mother for murdering their father after his return from Troy, and Suppliant Women depicts the grieving mothers of those killed in battle. The other plays deal with the aftermath of the Trojan War for the defeated survivors, as Andromache shows Hector's widow as a trophy of war in the house of her Greek captor, and Hecabe portrays a defeated queen avenging the murder of her last-remaining son, while Trojan Women tells of the plight of the city's women in the hands of their victors.

John Davie's compelling translations are accompanied by an introduction by Richard Rutherford describing the tragic genre and Euripides innovations, along with a chronology, prefaces to each play, notes, a bibliography and a glossary of names.

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 Electra and Other Plays, you might like Euripides' Medea and Other Plays, also available in Penguin Classics.

'The most intensely tragic of all the poets'

Aristotle


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (30 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140446680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140446685
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Euripides (c.485-406 BC) was already a controversial figure in his own lifetime, regarded as a 'clever' poet, associated with philosophers and intellectuals. He is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive.

John Davie was born in Glasgow in 1950, and educated at Glasgow University and Balliol College, Oxford. Dr Richard Rutherford was born in Edinburgh in 1956 and has been tutor in Greek & Latin Literature at Christ Church College, Oxford, since 1982.


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This book is part of my coursework for my Classics A- Levels, I chose it because the Penguin Version is always good, the language used is easy to read and understand, it arrived quickly and on time. I would recommend it to anyone studying Classics or an interest in Classics.
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I enjoy reading the classics. When it comes to reading translations, such as the ancient Greek classics, I have learned to trust Penguin because their translators keep the story moving in a very accessible way. They are the most readable translations, allowing you to enjoy the story rather than consider it a chore to get through.
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