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Euripides: Herakles

Euripides: Herakles

by Emma Griffiths
     
 
In Euripides' play we see a very different figure from the Heracles of popular imagination. In his account of Heracles' maddened killing of his children, Euripides emphasises the human to the hero's character, presenting him as a loving father. Heracles is an ideal text for those new to ancient drama, raising many central issues of Greek tragedy. Emma Griffiths

Overview

In Euripides' play we see a very different figure from the Heracles of popular imagination. In his account of Heracles' maddened killing of his children, Euripides emphasises the human to the hero's character, presenting him as a loving father. Heracles is an ideal text for those new to ancient drama, raising many central issues of Greek tragedy. Emma Griffiths analyses the key themes and characters while situating the drama in the wider context of Greek tragedy and mythology. Euripides' approach to drama is illustrated through consideration of the hero's self-awareness, and the reception of the play in later art and literature is discussed as part of an exploration of the 'universality' of tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715631867
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/24/2006
Series:
Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Emma Griffiths is Lecturer in Greek at the University of Birmingham.

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