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The Bacchae and Other Plays

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The Bacchae and Other Plays by * Euripides
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Through their sheer range, daring innovation, flawed but eloquent characters and intriguing plots, the plays of Euripides have shocked and stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. "Phoenician Women" portrays the rival sons of King Oedipus and their mother's doomed attempts at reconciliation, while "Orestes" shows a son ravaged with guilt after the vengeful murder of his mother. In the "Bacchae", a king mistreats a newcomer to his land, little knowing that he is the god Dionysus disguised as a mortal, while in "Iphigenia at Aulis", the Greek leaders take the horrific decision to sacrifice a princess to gain favour from the gods in their mission to Troy. Finally, the "Rhesus" depicts a world of espionage between the warring Greek and Trojan camps.

Author Biography

EURIPIDES (C.484-406 B.C.) was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles; he is the youngest of the three. He is believed to have written 92 dramas, but only 19 of them are now known. John Davie is Head of Classics at St Paul's School in London. Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature at Christ Church, Oxford.
Release date NZ
January 26th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
432
Dimensions
129x198x24
ISBN-13
9780140447262
Product ID
1683963

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