Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae. Euripides Edited by Stephen Esposito of Hippolytus and Heracles and Stephen Esposito’s translation of Bacchae. This anthology includes four outstanding translations of Euripides’ plays: Medea, Bacchae, Hippolytus, and Heracles. These translations. Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae: Four Plays: Euripides, Stephen Esposito, Michael R. Halleran, Anthony Podlecki: Books –
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Four Plays by Euripides. This anthology includes four outstanding translations of Euripides’ plays: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae. These translations remain close to the original, with extensive introductions, interpretive essays, and footnotes. This series is designed to provide students and general readers with access to the nature of Greek drama, Greek mythology, and the context of Greek.
This series is designed to provide students and general readers with access to the nature of Greek drama, Greek mythology, and the context of Greek culture, as well as highly readable and understandable translations of four of Euripides most important plays.
Focus also published each play as an individual edition. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Four Playsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 18, James Cooper rated it really liked it. I wish Medea came up with a better way for the demise of Jason however the piece of the ship hitting him is symbolic to their marriage so what it lacks in goriness, it makes up for in a symbolic way.
At first, yes one can sympathize with Medea, however she twists her plans to include the murders of her own children. This was taken to the extreme and we now must take sides with Jason, who has no royal wife, no children to heir his king-hood, and a predictable death. In the meanti This was great!! In the meantime, Medea flies off in a chariot after she is done with her rampage to King Aigeus.
Apr 30, Zara Neville rated it it was amazing. The Bacchae Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility return to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother’s name and to punish the insolent city-state for refusing to allow people to worship him.
The background to his return is presented in the prologue, in which Dionysus tells the story of his mother, Semele, once a princess in the royal Theban house of Cadmus. She had an affair with Zeus, the king of the gods, and became pregnant. As revenge, Zeus’s jealo The Bacchae Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility return to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother’s name and to punish the insolent city-state for refusing to allow people to worship him.
As revenge, Zeus’s jealous wife Hera tricked Semele into asking Zeus to appear in his divine form. Zeus, too powerful for a mortal to behold, emerged from the sky as a bolt of lightning and burnt Semele to a cinder.
He managed, however, to rescue his unborn son Dionysus and stitched the baby into his thigh. Semele’s family claimed that she had been struck by lightning for lying about Zeus and that her child, the product of an illicit human affair, had died with her, maligning her name and rejecting the young god Dionysus.
Dec 10, Nicholas Bobbitt rated it really liked it. These all seem like really good plays, and Euripides was well-translated here. Aug 03, Paul D.
Miller rated it it was amazing Shelves: I jest, but overdosing on Greek tragedy spoils the effect. There is too much distance, historically and culturally, to empathize with Medea. She is a monstro Greek Tragedy: She is a monstrosity.
There is little meedea here: Her inner conflict is foreign to a world touched by Christianity. It inspires neither ihppolytus nor sorrow, but horror.
Hippolytus perhaps is closer to us culturally, but not as interesting. It is a tragedy founded on a refusal to communicate clearly and cleanly. The tragic effect depends not on iron cause and effect of circumstance and choice, but on mores against talking openly baacchae desire and obligation. If only the characters would actually talk to each other there would be no tragedy.
Bacchus not only has his opponent dismembered, but at the hands of his mother, whom he has driven mad. It looks like a cosmic statement of fear about the overpowering, untamed, feral forces that await humanity just beyond the horizon of our expectations.
The play has a ghastly power. Dec 30, Ross rated it it was amazing.
Four Plays: Medea / Hippolytus / Heracles / Bacchae
Nietzsche believed Euripides to be both agent and symptom of ancient Greek decadence. His critical and analytic mind, along with that of his confederate, Socrates, are indicative of the evisceration of the Euripidew instinct, an instinct which had hitherto unreflectively established the greatest culture, represented by tragedy, ever to grace the earth.
This judgment depends upon a slew of ancillary judgments – about the hi;polytus of pre-Euripidean tragedy of Aeschelus and Sophocles, about the nature o Nietzsche believed Euripides to be both agent and symptom of ancient Greek decadence.
This judgment depends upon a slew of ancillary judgments – about the quality of pre-Euripidean tragedy of Aeschelus and Sophocles, about the nature of tragedy itself, about degree of self-awareness expressed in Euripidean tragedy, and about the nature and purpose of art – that render the specifics of the more general judgment dubious, or at least highly contentious.
The modern reader will likely be baffled by these four Euripidean plays, and the goal is to understand why the ancients charged with the laborious tasking of the transmission of ancient culture, found these to be worth preserving. Was their transmission a mistake, a Nietzsche contends? If not, what do they reveal about Greek democratic culture and, vicariously, our medeaa democratic culture? To this end, they are, like any heacles literature, best read untranslated, a time-consuming task well-worth the effort.
To the degree that Nietzsche was correct in his assertion that art is the metaphysical activity of man i. Recommended to all engaged in this endeavor.
Mar 30, charlotte rated it really liked it. Some folks may love their Oedipus Rex, and that’s okay, but for my money, Hippolytus is the greatest Greek tragedy you will ever read. Dueling goddesses, a militant virgin, forbidden love, father-son rivalry, court-room drama, a gory messenger speech – this one’s got it all.
Euripides is the most modern of the 3 tragedians; he’s the master of capturing his characters’ psychology — check out Phaedra’s soliloquy “Women of Troezen Who else wo Some folks may love their Oedipus Rex, and that’s okay, but for my money, Hippolytus is the greatest Greek tragedy you will ever read. Who else would write a play with such strict form, filled with emotions and passions that can’t be contained?
Sophocles said he portrayed people as they should be, but Euripides portrayed them as they are according to Aristotle. Yep, and double yep. No one but Euripides understands the tragedy of that gap between what we know to be right and what we actually do like this.
Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae : Four Plays. (eBook, ) 
Jun euripices, Carolyn James rated it really liked it Shelves: Later in my undergrad I had to read this collection of plays for an Ancient History class. It was probably the best required reading I had in those 4 years. I like the way Greek plays are set up with the chorus of commentators who appear in some way in most of the plays.
Of the four here Medea was hands down my favourite. If you are a fan of Greek culture or reading play anthologies this is a quick good collection of stories to check out! Apr 06, Zoe rated it liked it Shelves: Cannot comment much on Medea, Hippolytus and Heracles in relation to the Greek but readable translations but the treatment of the Bacchae I found awkward.
Referring to Dionysus as “The Stranger” rather than Dionysus was a strange translation choice I found. As I’ve studied the Greek there were some liberties where I’ve found a more clear, accurate translation. All in hsracles a great book to read these plays, not the best in hippo,ytus opinion, but will work for reading. Mar 30, Jennifer Watkins rated it really liked it. Jealousy, love, hatred and greed.
Greek tragedy centralizes on these themes, especially in these plays by Euripides. The true interaction of the Ancient Greeks with their gods is implied through the anthropomorphic characteristics given to the hippolytux. Plus, they’re just good stories! Jul 25, Rachel M. This book really has a 2. I read 3 of the tragedies in this book-Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae. Overall, I was not hippolyts impressed by these plays because they are just downright twisted and depressing.
There’s really nothing else left mexea say.
Four Plays: Medea / Hippolytus / Heracles / Bacchae by Euripides
Apr 27, Verditwist added eudipides. I didn’t even know Greek plays existed. Bloody, violent, set in a world soaked in brutality, tripped or fated by the random acts of gods. Gods that do walk amongst mortals.
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