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Title:
Helen ; Phoenician women ; Orestes
Author:
Euripides.
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Uniform Title:
Works. Selections. English. 2002
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
viii, 605 pages ; 17 cm.
Language:
English
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Added Title:
Helen.

Phoenician women.

Orestes.
ISBN:
9780674996007
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Euripides has been prized in every age for the pathos, terror, surprising plot twists, and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations. In this fifth volume of the new Loeb Classical Library Euripides, David Kovacs presents a freshly edited Greek text and a faithful and deftly worded translation of three plays.

For his Helen the poet employs an alternative history in which a virtuous Helen never went to Troy but spent the war years in Egypt, falsely blamed for the adulterous behavior of her divinely created double in Troy. This volume also includes Phoenician Women , Euripides' treatment of the battle between the sons of Oedipus for control of Thebes; and Orestes , a novel retelling of Orestes' lot after he murdered his mother, Clytaemestra. Each play is annotated and prefaced by a helpful introduction.


Author Notes

Euripides was born in Attica, Greece probably in 480 B.C. He was the youngest of the three principal fifth-century tragic poets. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia.

Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis, Medea and Philoctetes, Electra, Iphigenia in Tauris, The Trojan Women, and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia. He died in Athens in 406 B.C.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Helen
Introductionp. 2
Text and Translationp. 12
Phoenician Women
Introductionp. 203
Text and Translationp. 212
Orestes
Introductionp. 400
Text and Translationp. 412