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Ten Plays (Signet Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   608
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0451527003  
EAN  9780451527004  

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Presents fresh translations of ten immortal plays in verse by the ancient Greek dramatist, including "Electra," "Medea," and "The Trojan Women," accompanied by scene headings, stage directions, introductions, and a glossary of people, gods, and places. Original.

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A modern translation exclusive to signet
From perhaps the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights comes this collection of plays, including "Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women," and "The Cyclops."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Euripides, the youngest of the three great Athenian playwrights, was born around 485 BC of a family of good standing. He first competed in the dramatic festivals in 455 BC, coming only third; his record of success in the tragic competitions is lower than that of either Aeschylus or Sophocles. There is a tradition that he was unpopular, even a recluse; we are told that he composed poetry in a cave by the sea, near Salamis. What is clear from contemporary evidence, however, is that audiences were fascinated by his innovative and often disturbing dramas. His work was controversial already in his lifetime, and he himself was regarded as a 'clever' poet, associated with philosophers and other intellectuals. Towards the end of his life he went to live at the court of Archelaus, king of Macedon. It was during his time there that he wrote what many consider his greates work, the Bacchae. When news of his death reached Athens in early 406 BC, Sophocles appeared publicly in mourning for him. Euripides is thought to have written about ninety-two plays, of which seventeen tragedies and one satyr-play known to be his survive; the other play which is attributed to him, the Rhesus, may in fact be by a later hand.

Euripides was born in 485 and died in 406.

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Reading Euripides  Sep 12, 2009
I found the introduction of the book very helpful and the translation makes the plays easy to read. The book was in excellent shape.
Good but average  Feb 8, 2008
This is a very good classic but missing one key item. Many classics refer to line numbers from some standard edition, this copy lacks those which I have found handy when discussing with others or for references. Otherwise it is a reasonable edition of a very good work at a fair price.
Wonderful. Greek tragedies have no comparison.  Feb 9, 2007
I've never read the original Greek versions so I'm not sure how accurate or well the plays were translated, but the stories were...well, classic. Medea especially tugged at my heart-strings. I think any mother should at least read that story. Wonderful, beautiful, riveting, and necessary for fans of Sophocles, Plato, and tragedies in general.
Euripides is a genius.  Aug 29, 2006
Combining mythology with genius storytelling, Euripides writes plays that pull his readers into plots filled with suspense and drama while keeping the sense of impending tragedy ever present. When I read Medea, I was amazed, if not a little bit obsessed. By the first scene, I felt engaged; I imagined it happening as I read. And when the tragic heroine finally entered, I was in awe of Euripides' character development technique. He managed to put real emotion on paper. I understood what Medea was feeling; I knew what she was feeling. I didn't have to re-read her lines to try and understand if she was angry or if she was lamenting. The other characters in the play were equally well developed. I never felt lost trying to understand how the characters related to one another or how they felt during their monologues.

Nonetheless, what really made me fall in love with this play was the character Medea. The strength of her resolve is admirable, though it leads to horrible consequences; her independence and strong sense of self really shine through. Despite her need for vengeance, Medea glows with power and justice.

I liked Medea so much that I decided to read another of Euripides' plays in this volume, The Trojan Women. So, if you're looking for something engaging and gripping, Medea is a wise choice.
An Ancient Greek Look at Human Nature  Jul 6, 2004
The ten plays Paul Roche translated consisted of some of Euripides' finest plays and some of the lesser known plays. I particularly liked Alcestis and Hippolytus and cared less for the last three plays in the book. The one thing that struck me about Euripides is the inconsistency of some of his characters from the way Homer or Sophocles depicted them and his own depiction. Furthermore, in the case of Iphegenia in Aulis and Iphegenia Among the Taurians the character of Iphegenia changes from a heroic figure in Aulis to a bitter one in Taurus. Even the details between the two stories differed. True, they were written in different times but an author ought to keep track of the details of each play. I also felt Roche should have pointed these things out in the introduction to the plays but he did not.

Euripides was criticized in his own time while being praised more in modern times for his desire to make his characters conform to the way people behave in real life. Most of Euripides' characters were often flawed such as Iphegenia and Admetus in the play, Alcestes. They were portrayed as basically good people that had a dark side to them. Iphegenia, who came to accept her fate (she was to be sacrificed by her father, Agamemnon, to Artemis in return for a fair wind to Troy) was whisked away by the god to Tauras. In the sequel to the play she became a bitter priestess who sacrificed all Greeks that wandered into the country.

Admetus was a man who treated Apollo well when Zeus punished him by making him serve Admetus. Apollo rewarded him by allowing him to live if he could find someone to die in his place. He asked his parents but they refused; only his wife agreed. When she died he mourned her death and truly loved her but he would not allow his parents to mourn because they betrayed him. His father countered by saying that each must take responsibility for their own lives. A good point that Admetus never understood.

I believe Euripides challenged his audience to ask themselves what they would do if confronted with similar circumstances. How would one react if you knew you could live if someone else died in your place (the subject of an old Twilight Zone episode, by the way)? In the case of Media (the wife of Jason-who got the Golden Fleece from Media's father) what would you do if you gave up your country and everyone you knew to marry a man and then ten years later you're thrown out of your home? What would you do if you were Phaedra (wife of Theseus in the play Hippolytus) and a god put a spell on you to make you fall in love with your stepson? These are the challenges that Euripides makes to his audience. He does so in an engaging manner with good interaction between the characters. The Chorus plays less of a role than it does with Aescylus or even Sophocles but as a modern reader of these ancient play I find Euripides great entertainment.


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