Helen

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Though little is known for certain of his early life, Euripides was probably born around 460 b.c.e. to the farmer Mnesarchus and his wife Clito, and his studious nature quickly led him to a literary life in Athens. He turned to playwriting at a young age, achieving his first of five victories in the dramatic competitions of the Athenian City Dionysia in 441 b.c.e. His plays are often ironic, pessimistic, and display radical rejection of classical decorum and rules. Together with Aeschylus and Sophocles, Euripides...
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Overview

Though little is known for certain of his early life, Euripides was probably born around 460 b.c.e. to the farmer Mnesarchus and his wife Clito, and his studious nature quickly led him to a literary life in Athens. He turned to playwriting at a young age, achieving his first of five victories in the dramatic competitions of the Athenian City Dionysia in 441 b.c.e. His plays are often ironic, pessimistic, and display radical rejection of classical decorum and rules. Together with Aeschylus and Sophocles, Euripides provided the canon of Greek tragedy and thereby laid the foundation of Western theatre. "Helen" is a drama which follows an alternative myth of Helen of Sparta after the fall of Troy. It begins with the premise that Helen did not run off to Troy with Paris, but was actually stolen away to Egypt by the gods and replaced by a phantom look-alike in Troy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420944143
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 42
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William Allan is McConnell Laing Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at University College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
List of sigla and abbreviations     xi
Key to metrical symbols     xiii
Introduction     1
Euripides and Athens     1
Life and works     1
Helen in its Athenian context     4
The figure of Helen in early Greek culture     10
Myth     10
Cult     14
Helen on stage     16
The 'new' Helen     18
Stesichorus     18
Herodotus     22
Euripides     24
The production     29
Setting and staging     29
Structure and dramatic technique     34
Speech, song, language     38
A tragedy of ideas     46
Knowledge and reality     47
Family, gender, authority     49
Greeks and Egyptians     55
The Gods     61
Genre     66
Helen transformed     72
The text and its transmission     82
Helen     91
Commentary     142
Bibliography     347
Indexes     365
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Boo

    This is not the Helen I was looking for.

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