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Few ancient authors are as challenging as Euripides, and few have provoked so many diverse critical opinions through the ages. This volume aims to bring together some classic essays illustrating the main strands of Euripidean criticism over the last forty years in a form convenient for students. Two of the essays are translated here for the first time, and many others have been revised by their authors. There is a general introduction by the editor surveying the scholarly tradition. All Greek has been translated.

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Judith Mossman is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Trinity College, Dublin

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Intellectual Crisis in Euripides 16
2 Euripides: Poietes Sophos 47
3 Formal Debates in Euripides' Drama 64
4 Rhetoric and Relevance in Euripidean Drama 81
5 'Impiety' and 'Atheism' in Euripides' Dramas 102
6 On 'Extra-Dramatic' Communication of Characters in Euripides 122
7 Euripides: The Monument and the Sacrifice 139
8 Euripides' Alkestis: Five Aspects of an Interpretation 170
9 The Infanticide in Euripides' Medea 187
10 Hippolytus: A Study in Causation 201
11 'Iure principem locum tenet': Euripides' Hecuba 218
12 The Argive Festival of Hera and Euripides' Electra 261
13 The Rejection of Suicide in the Heracles of Euripides 285
14 Iconography and Imagery in Euripides' Ion 295
15 The Closet of Masks: Role-Playing and Myth-Making in the Orestes of Euripides 309
16 The Masque of Dionysus 342
17 Three Off-Stage Characters in Euripides 369
References 390
Acknowledgements 410
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