Volume I, Cyclops. Alcestis. Medea (Loeb Classical Library)

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Euripides of Athens (ca. 485—406 BCE), famous in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations, wrote nearly ninety plays. Of these, eighteen (plus a play of unknown authorship mistakenly included with his works) have come down to us from antiquity. In this first volume of a new Loeb edition of Euripides David Kovacs gives us a freshly edited Greek text of three plays and an accurate and graceful translation with ...

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Overview

Euripides of Athens (ca. 485—406 BCE), famous in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations, wrote nearly ninety plays. Of these, eighteen (plus a play of unknown authorship mistakenly included with his works) have come down to us from antiquity. In this first volume of a new Loeb edition of Euripides David Kovacs gives us a freshly edited Greek text of three plays and an accurate and graceful translation with explanatory notes.

Alcestis is the story of a woman who agrees, in order to save her husband's life, to die in his place. Medea is a tragedy of revenge in which Medea kills her own children, as well as their father's new wife, to punish him for his desertion. The volume begins with Cyclops, a satyr play—the only complete example of this genre to survive. Each play is preceded by an introduction.

In a general introduction Kovacs demonstrates that the biographical tradition about Euripides—parts of which view him as a subverter of morality, religion, and art—cannot be relied on. He argues that this tradition has often furnished the unacknowledged starting point for interpretation, and that the way is now clear for an unprejudiced consideration of the plays themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Greece and Rome
An excellent 48-page general introduction...The translation...is close to the Greek and reads fluently and well. All in all this is an excellent little volume.
Classical Review
A well-executed and stimulating production.
Religious Studies Review

Both experts and generalists will benefit from the work of this experienced Euripidean scholar.
— John E. Thorburn

Religious Studies Review - John E. Thorburn
Both experts and generalists will benefit from the work of this experienced Euripidean scholar.
Religious Studies Review
Both experts and generalists will benefit from the work of this experienced Euripidean scholar.
— John E. Thorburn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674995604
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #12
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 642,746
  • Product dimensions: 4.53 (w) x 6.67 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kovacs is Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Bibliography

Abbreviations

Cyclops

Introduction

Text and Translation

Alcestis

Introduction

Text and Translation

Medea

Introduction

Text and Translation

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    All three plays featured in this book are essential for any lover of Classics. The Cyclops is the only surviving Satyr play, so it's important to have an example of that. (The Greater Dionysia was where the Greek plays were presented. Each of three writers would present three Tragedies and one Satyr play during the festival). <BR/><BR/>Alcestis is a touching story of a woman who gives her life for her husband. It is beautiful in the tragedy and compassion it reveals.<BR/><BR/>Medea is essential for any library. She is a horrible woman but she has cause to complain. There are amazing passages about women's rights (the first of its kind) which is very unusual in traditional Ancient Greek culture.

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