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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a scholarly edition but good for the general reader, 27 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Three Plays: "Alcestis","Hippolytus","Iphigenia in Tauris" (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
The last of the three great Athenian tragedians whose work we still have, this volume contains three of Euripides' plays:

The Alcestis gives us the story of the woman who agrees to die for her husband which is mentioned in Plato's Symposium - but with a creepy and surprising end.

Hippolytus tells the story of Phaedra's fatal love for her stepson Hippolytus (son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta).

And Iphigenia rewrites Aeschylus and Euripides' own Iphigenia in Aulis turning the story into something between comedy and tragedy.

Vellcott's translations are smooth and very readable though a little loose in terms of the original Greek, and the introduction is ok. So not a scholarly edition but excellent for the general reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, 4 April 2013
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This review is from: Three Plays: "Alcestis","Hippolytus","Iphigenia in Tauris" (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
A wonderful read and splendid translation. I could not recommend Alcestis enough - a much overlooked tear jerker of a story... but does it have a happy ending?
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