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Euripides: Suppliant Women
     

Euripides: Suppliant Women

by Ian C. Storey
 

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Euripides' "Suppliant Women" is an unfairly neglected master work by the most controversial of the three great tragedians of Ancient Greece. It dramatises the story of one of the proudest moments in Athenian mythical history: the intervention of Theseus in support of international law to force the burial of the Argives who were killed during their attack on Thebes.

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Euripides' "Suppliant Women" is an unfairly neglected master work by the most controversial of the three great tragedians of Ancient Greece. It dramatises the story of one of the proudest moments in Athenian mythical history: the intervention of Theseus in support of international law to force the burial of the Argives who were killed during their attack on Thebes. But Euripides adds new characters to the story and presents the myth in a different and sometimes ambiguous light. A sense of uncertainty and undercutting pervades this play, which dramatises the sufferings of the innocent in war and then at the end foretells more war. As well as presenting a scene-by-scene analysis, this book will discuss the date and background of the play, whether people and events from contemporary Athens can be glimpsed in the drama; the problems of staging, and finally the story in later tradition.

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...happily recommend this as an excellent introduction to this relatively rarely read and seen play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472521163
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Series:
Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ian C. Storey is Professor of Ancient History and Classics at Trent University, Ontario, Canada.
Ian C. Storey is Professor of Ancient History and Classics at Trent University, Ontario, Canada.

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