Five Lost Plays Of Euripides

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Archelaus, Andromeda, Bellerophon, Palamedes & Philoctetes

These five lost plays dramatize several of the great myths that Euripides employed to explore his sense of who the gods might be (and might not be). Andromeda and Perseus escape the Sea Monster only to face her father’s decision that she marry someone other than Perseus. The exiled Archelaus fights a successful battle only to be threatened by the very king he has defended. Bellerophon, the greatest horseman in the ...

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Archelaus, Andromeda, Bellerophon, Palamedes & Philoctetes

These five lost plays dramatize several of the great myths that Euripides employed to explore his sense of who the gods might be (and might not be). Andromeda and Perseus escape the Sea Monster only to face her father’s decision that she marry someone other than Perseus. The exiled Archelaus fights a successful battle only to be threatened by the very king he has defended. Bellerophon, the greatest horseman in the world, tames the winged Pegasus, but flies too high for Zeus’s liking. Palamedes puts his faith in the Goddess of Luck, but finds that even she cannot promise good luck. Philoctetes possesses the bow and arrows of Heracles. Will he place these weapons at the service of Odysseus and the Greek war against Troy? Women, men, and the gods discover their meanings (and non-meanings) in these translations of ancient stories into what the author conceives to be the probing style of Euripides.
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The last of Coursen’s Euripidean trilogy, Lost Plays features five plays that we know Euripides wrote but that have survived only in a few papyrus fragments. Coursen has previously published Fourteen Plays by Euripides (plus one) (Mathom, 2003) and Five Plays by Euripides (Just Write Books, 2010). Two of his adaptations, The Trojan Women and Heracles have been performed by the Theater Project, Brunswick, Maine. Coursen’s recent book of poems, Blues in the Night was published by Moonpie Press. He teaches Shakespeare at Southern New Hampshire University.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781934949290
  • Publisher: Just Write Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 0.35 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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