Medea and Other Plays
by Euripides, Richard Rutherford, John Davie
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Previously published as Alcestis and Other Theatre Performances, Penguin Classics, edition of Euripide Medea and Other Performances is translated by Jean-Davie with introductions and notes by Richard Rutherford.Medea, in which one of the most shocking of all Greek tragedies is a woman who has been refused revenge on her lover by killing her children.Medea is a major figure, who shows Euripides unusual willingness to give voice to a womanAlcestis is based on a magical myth in which Death is defeated, and the Children of Heracles examines the conflicts between power and right-wing power, while the Hippolyte deals with the self-destructive integrity.These pieces show Euripides transforming ingenious figures of Greek myths into recognizable, fallible human beings.Jean Davie is accessible in prose translation is accompanied by a general and individual introduction to the prefaces of each game.Euripide (c485-07 BC) was an Athenian, born into a family of some rank.Denying the tasks of public service expects him, Euripides spent a life of calm, introspection, devoting a good part of his life to a cave in Salamine.Late in life, he voluntarily exiled himself to the court of Archelaus, King of Macedonia, where he wrote Les Bacchantes, considered by many as his masterpiece.Euripides is thought to have written 92 plays, to only 18 survive.If you liked Medea and Other parts, you could, like Eschyle ” L’ Oresteia, also available in Penguin Classics.One of the best translations in prose by Euripide, I saw’ Robert Fagles’ John Davie translations are circulating.The overall tone is modern and refreshing yet dignified ” William Allan, Classical Review
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