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The plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. This volume, containing Phoenician Women, Bacchae, Iphigenia at Aulis, Orestes, and Rhesus
completes the new editions of Euripides in Penguin Classics.Features a general intr … weiterlesen
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Titel: The Bacchae and Other Plays
Autor/en: Euripides

ISBN: 0140447261
EAN: 9780140447262
Sprache: Englisch.
Penguin Books Ltd

26. Januar 2006 - kartoniert - 432 Seiten

Beschreibung

The plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. This volume, containing Phoenician Women, Bacchae, Iphigenia at Aulis, Orestes, and Rhesus
completes the new editions of Euripides in Penguin Classics.
  • Features a general introduction, individual prefaces to each play, chronology, notes, bibliography, and glossary

Inhaltsverzeichnis

The Bacchae and Other PlaysGeneral Introduction
Chronological Table
Note on the Text
Translator's Note
Preface to Phoenician Women
Phoenician Women
Preface to Orestes
Orestes
Preface to Bacchae
Bacchae
Preface to Iphigenia at Aulis
Iphigenia at Aulis
Preface to Rhesus
Rhesus
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary of Mythological and Geographical Names


Portrait

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.
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