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The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1163 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511922737
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TRDDDG
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If you want to enjoy reading the plays of Euripides then you would be better off with the translation by Vellacott in Penguin Classics, but in that there are only four plays: Medea and Other Plays : Medea; Hecabe; Electra; Heracles (Penguin Classics)

In this Kindle version we have more: Hecuba, Orestes, The Phoenician Virgins, Medea, Hippolytus, Thoas, Messenger, Minerva, Alcestis, The Bachae, The Heraclidae, Iphigenia in Aulis, Iphigenia in Taurus.

I started off with this free version, but soon migrated to the Vellacott version. If you're new to Euripides then go for that, even though you will have to pay for it. They are very interesting and thought-provoking plays, quite short. For example, Medea murders her brother in order to assist her Jason, her husband. But Medea is not Greek so the marriage is not recognized in Corinth. Jason deserts her and their two sons, and marries the daughter of King Creon. In revenge Medea poisons Jason's new wife and her father, then kills the two sons before riding off with their dead bodies in a chariot drawn by dragons. "I have reached your heart".

When Heracles (Hercules) kills his own children, it is not for revenge, but because he has gone mad. It may seem a bit far-fetched, but look closely at the arguments. These plays were written c400 BCE, and we're still reading them.
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Translated directly Greek from perhaps the. Every phrase. Each sentence. Beautiful play made horrid. Not even for free is this cost worth the.
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Not a brilliant translation but a helpful reminder of my studies for "School Certificate" now that my Ancient Greek is rusty!
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I expected this to be hard going, I was wrong. It was a really fascinating read once the form is adjusted to. You can thill to the harsh and cruel world of the writer. This is great drama.
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