Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis/Medea/The Bacchae PDF


Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis/Medea/The Bacchae [PDF / Epub] ☃ Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis/Medea/The Bacchae ✑ Euripides – Thomashillier.co.uk Here are three of Euripides finest tragedies offered in vivid, modern translations Here are three of Euripides: PDF/EPUB Â of Euripides finest tragedies offered in vivid, modern translations.

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Greek Euripides Ancient of Euripides: PDF/EPUB Â Greek ca BC BC was the last of the three great tragedians Three Plays MOBI :↠ of classical Athens the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety Plays of Euripides: PDF ´ five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias Eighteen of Euripides plays have survived complete It is now widely believed that what was thought to be a nineteenth, Rhesus, was probably not by Euripides Fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays also survive More of his plays have survived than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly because of the chance preservation of a manuscript that was probably part of a complete collection of his works in alphabetical ordertp enpedia wiki Euripides.



10 thoughts on “Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis/Medea/The Bacchae

  1. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Besides, you are a born woman feeble when it comes to the sublime,marvelously inventive over crime.Oh Medea, you emerge as the force in this tumultuous collection and such a distinction is not lost on the gore spattered pages where it take an epic hero to return a lost love from the dead to a shitbag husband Alcestis and then later a hallucination to inspire an incestual dismemberment Bacchae My reading of Medea is anchored by her being foreign born, a stranger whose displacement is opened Besides, you are a born woman feeble when it comes to the sublime,marvelously inventive over crime.Oh Medea, you emerge as the force in this tumultuous collection and such a distinction is not lost on the gore spattered pages where it take an epic hero to return a lost love from the dead to a shitbag husband Alcestis and then later a hallucination to inspire an incestual dismemberment Bacchae My reading of Medea is anchored by her being foreign born, a stranger whose displacement is opened wide by her jackass husband and his efforts at social elevation through snagging a new bride of royal and white stock There is something to be said for the original Lady Vengeance Her vision and pluck are to be respected even if we cower and squirm before her monstrous deeds She maintains a grace evn in the darkest light

  2. averybird averybird says:

    THE BACCHAEI bought this trio of plays mainly for The Bacchae , as Donna Tartt hinted this was an influence for her book The Secret History a story of classical Greek students who attempt to recreate some ancient rites in the Vermont woods I began the story expecting scenes of wild revelry in the mountains I had assumed that Dionysus represented laid back festivity and if he had a flaw it was debauchery to excess But it turns out he also has a jealous side as vengeful as any Old Testament d THE BACCHAEI bought this trio of plays mainly for The Bacchae , as Donna Tartt hinted this was an influence for her book The Secret History a story of classical Greek students who attempt to recreate some ancient rites in the Vermont woods I began the story expecting scenes of wild revelry in the mountains I had assumed that Dionysus represented laid back festivity and if he had a flaw it was debauchery to excess But it turns out he also has a jealous side as vengeful as any Old Testament deity that comes out in this play view spoiler.The scene in which the Maenads decimate a man as a wild animal would, ripping him limb from limb, in a trance of Dionysian super strength was really something to read And very helpful in illuminating one crucial scene in The Secret History. hide spoiler A major theme of this play seems to be the importance of balancing the rational knowledge seeking mind with its mysterious unconscious counterpart It is the gift of the free flowing grape which allows humans to escape temporarily the sufferings of the literal world MEDEAAt first Medea seems a bit crazy, but after a little reading you can see she is plainly dealing with the outrage and hurt of being unceremoniously cast aside for a new wife, especially painful after all she s done for her husband it turns out there is a whole backstory told in Jason and the Golden Fleece where she played a key role in helping him steal the fleece avenge his enemy, then emigrated from her homeland to be with him Because she is so intense her revenge takes an epic form At one point Medea tries to retreat from her tragic plan, but by then the wheels have been set in motion The play is full of suspense as it builds to its dramatic conclusion What is interesting is trying to interpret what the moral of the story might be view spoiler In the story King Aegeus appears to Medea after having just left the Oracle of Delphi, diviner of the gods They strike a deal in which he offers her sanctuary, and this becomes the linchpin in her plan of escape To me the timing is just too perfect it s as if the gods sent him and are on her side Maybe they do hold Jason to blame hide spoiler Could this have been a cautionary tale to cheating men of Euripides s Greece, a sort of Fatal Attraction for the ancients I wonder ALCESTISThis is the tale of a man allowed to cheat death provided he can find a substitute to take his place a favor from Apollo who intervenes with The Fates This person turns out to be his near saintly wife Alcestis but when Death comes a knockin the husband, Admetus, has a serious case of remorse My favorite scene in the play is when Admetus tries to put the blame on his elderly father for Alcestis s fate, view spoiler as both parents had refused earlier to be the martyr their son so desired, but the old man has none of it He gives as good as he gets and tells his son So, be quiet, you degenerate, and remember that if you love your life so does everybody Then he calls his son a murderer and forces him to take the responsibility hide spoiler I liked how Euripides lets each character be true to himself even at the expense of contradicting the hero This play demonstrates the importance of hospitality to the ancient Greeks which was also a theme in the Odyssey and how the gods can produce a happy ending if they desire

  3. Lucio Mellace Lucio Mellace says:

    Three plays of Euripides is a collection of three plays, Alcestis, Madea, The Bacchae In ALcestis the main message is that we are in debt to death, in Madea Medea kills two people and finally in Bacchae it is the story of Dionysus If you want to readabout Dionysus read The Birth Of Tragedy.

  4. Ashley Herzig Ashley Herzig says:

    Alcestis 3 starsMedea 5 starsThe Bacchae 3 stars

  5. Zara Neville Zara Neville says:

    The BacchaeDionysus, 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 BacchaeDionysus, 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 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

  6. Diego Fleitas Diego Fleitas says:

    Having read The Bacchae for a class and enjoyed it greatly, I took the time to read the other two stories and was not dissapointed in the least Euripides presents us with three very fascinating tales, all tragic in their own ways I can t help but question the theory that frames tragedy as Greeklike tragedy of necessity It is is shame it had to happen, but it in fact had to happen this way vs the Christian tragedy of opportunity It is a shame it had to happen, because it truly could Having read The Bacchae for a class and enjoyed it greatly, I took the time to read the other two stories and was not dissapointed in the least Euripides presents us with three very fascinating tales, all tragic in their own ways I can t help but question the theory that frames tragedy as Greeklike tragedy of necessity It is is shame it had to happen, but it in fact had to happen this way vs the Christian tragedy of opportunity It is a shame it had to happen, because it truly could have ended differently Euripides as a writer mingled very human flaws with excellent high drama such that the plays were all gripping and thought provoking As for the translation, I trust in the judgement of the Classics faculty in agreeing that this version was well executed Commentary often brings up the meter and intent of the original Greek, with notes on omissions

  7. Jeni Enjaian Jeni Enjaian says:

    A review from my old blogThis is my first time reading any of the classic Greek plays I have to say that I was not disappointed I have read the Iliad and the Odyssey before and appreciated the great writing evident within but the gore really turned me off.The plays by Euripides are free from gore but not from classical mythology and the great writing The pathos of the husband in the first play I forget the names losing his wife yet still remembering to show hospitality is such a great st A review from my old blogThis is my first time reading any of the classic Greek plays I have to say that I was not disappointed I have read the Iliad and the Odyssey before and appreciated the great writing evident within but the gore really turned me off.The plays by Euripides are free from gore but not from classical mythology and the great writing The pathos of the husband in the first play I forget the names losing his wife yet still remembering to show hospitality is such a great story Then in the end when his act of hospitality which everyone else looks down upon turns out to be the thing that brings his wife back to him from the dead I absolutely fell in love with the play Such good writing I recommend these plays to anyone interested in the classics

  8. Kendra Kendra says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Of all the collections of Greek plays I ve read so far, this one was probably my least favorite I really liked Alcestis, Medea was alright, and I disliked The Bacchae These felt a lot darker than Sophocles or Aeschylus the vivid imagery and gore involved probably attributed to that Medea and Agave both go on something of a murderous rampage and it is just horrific I think it was difficult to be sympathetic to these characters, too, due to the emotionless way they kill of course, that chan Of all the collections of Greek plays I ve read so far, this one was probably my least favorite I really liked Alcestis, Medea was alright, and I disliked The Bacchae These felt a lot darker than Sophocles or Aeschylus the vivid imagery and gore involved probably attributed to that Medea and Agave both go on something of a murderous rampage and it is just horrific I think it was difficult to be sympathetic to these characters, too, due to the emotionless way they kill of course, that changes for Agave once she comes out of her stupor and realizes what she s done I also found it interesting how Dionysus was portrayed in such an evil, merciless way For those who believed in the gods, this must have been a terrifying warning

  9. Jon Catherwood-Ginn Jon Catherwood-Ginn says:

    Though I d read Medea and Bacchae before, this was my first leap into Euripides lesser known Alcestis Loved all three Compared to his competitors Sophocles and, to a lesser extent, the aged scratch that, DEAD Aeschuylus , Euripedes seems muchcasual Rather than leaning his weight on the Choruses exhaustive declamations ahem Aeschulyus or crafting interrogative stagey dialogue among his characters to share the plot, the playwright seems to enjoy the process of allowing Though I d read Medea and Bacchae before, this was my first leap into Euripides lesser known Alcestis Loved all three Compared to his competitors Sophocles and, to a lesser extent, the aged scratch that, DEAD Aeschuylus , Euripedes seems muchcasual Rather than leaning his weight on the Choruses exhaustive declamations ahem Aeschulyus or crafting interrogative stagey dialogue among his characters to share the plot, the playwright seems to enjoy the process of allowing his characters interactions to unfold Resultantly, the content however grisly is peppered with lots of humanistic dare I say, funny moments

  10. Jien Jien says:

    I read The Bacchae years ago, when I was in college I always liked Euripides progressive attitude towards women When so many contemporaries wrote disdaining things about women, he took a muchequal view I enjoyed reading these.Despite many writers or translators instances on only hearing plays read out loud, the existence of subvocalisation hearing the words you read in your mind in your own voice makes that less necessary.

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