A group of Argive women has come to Eleusis to ask King Theseus and his city of Athens to bring about the burial of their sons who are being denied it by their Theban conquerors. Theseus is confronted with a challenge which at first he declines to take up, but then does so magnificently. The range of the play's debate is astonishing. It contains one of the Ur -texts of political theory. It explores social and religious themes. It deals with the concept of a just war, with the family, and with the role and behaviour of women. Above all it sets before us the education of Theseus, showing us movingly how this great hero is transformed into a great man. Greek text with facing translation, introduction and commentary.
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Series:||Classical Texts Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
James Morwood is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Among his numerous publications are translations of eleven Euripides plays (including Iphigenia at Aulis) in the Oxford World's Classics series, an edition of Euripides, Suppliants in this series, The Tragedies of Sophocles (Bristol Phoenix Press 2008) and The Plays of Eurpides (revised edition, Bloomsbury 2016). His interest in drama goes beyond the classical world and he has written The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan and co-edited Sheridan Studies.