Euripides is known in literature & fiction circles as a Greek tragedian of classical Athens. Euripides is one of the few whose dramas & plays have survived. Ancient & medieval scholars have attributed 95 dramas & plays to Euripides, of which 19 are known to have survived more or less complete. Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama & plays down to modern times. He was unique among the writers of ancient & medieval Athens for the sympathy he demonstrated towards all victims of society, including women. Heracles is an Athenian Greek tragedy in which Heracles is in the underworld obtaining Cerberus for one of his labours, and while doing so, his father Amphitryon, wife Megara, and children are sentenced to death in Thebes by Lycus. Heracles arrives in time to save them, though the goddesses Iris and Madness cause Heracles to kill his wife and children in a frenzy. Heracles is the second of two surviving Greek Tragedies by Euripides where the family of Heracles are suppliants. The drama & play Heracles was first performed in 416 BC. In addition to Heracles, this anthology volume also includes The Cyclops a satyr play, Iphigenia in Tauris a romantic drama & play, and Helen also a romantic drama & play.
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About the Author
Euripides (c.485-406 BC) is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive. John Davie is Head of Classics at St Paul's School in London. Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. Together they have translated and edited 'Alcestis & Other Plays' and 'Medea & Other Plays' for Penguin Classics.
Table of ContentsHeracles and Other PlaysGeneral Introduction
Note on the Text
Preface to HeraclesHeracles
Preface to Iphigenia among the Taurians
Iphigenia Among the Taurians
Preface to Ion
Preface to Helen
Preface to Cyclops
Glossary of Mythological and Geographical Names