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Euripides: Suppliant Women [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Euripides: Suppliant Women

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472521163
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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

1 Prelude to a Play 11

2 Adrastos' Supplication 29

3 Confrontation with Thebes 45

4 Mourning the Dead 62

5 Aftermath 78

6 Reading Suppliant Women 90

7 Staging Suppliant Women 105

8 Postludes 121

Guide to Further Reading 147

Glossary 154

Chronology 157

Index 158

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