Euripides: Hippolytus

Euripides: Hippolytus

by Christopher Collard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0856682411

ISBN-13: 9780856682414

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: Aris and Phillips

Euripides works with a common story pattern ¡ a young man (Hippolytus) becomes the object of a married woman's (Phaedra's) desire, rebuffs her sexual overtures, and is then falsely accused to the woman's husband (Theseus, Hippolytus' father) of rape. To this familiar tale Euripides adds the story of divine vengeance ¡ Aphrodite has brought about this

Overview

Euripides works with a common story pattern ¡ a young man (Hippolytus) becomes the object of a married woman's (Phaedra's) desire, rebuffs her sexual overtures, and is then falsely accused to the woman's husband (Theseus, Hippolytus' father) of rape. To this familiar tale Euripides adds the story of divine vengeance ¡ Aphrodite has brought about this passion in Phaedras for c neglecting hm of sex and marriage. In working through these plots the play explores the themes of passion and moderation, speech and silence, honour and shame, and examines the relationship between gods and mortals. This play holds a particular place in Euripidean studies, not only because of its acknowledged excellence and influence, but also because it allows the unique opportunity to observe the playwright's 'rewriting' of his earlier play on the same mythological topic, remarkably replacing the brazen Phaedra of earlier legend and previous treatments with a virtuous woman. Greek Text with facing translation, commentary and notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856682414
Publisher:
Aris and Phillips
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Edition description:
David Brown Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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