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About the BookFour plays by the Greek dramatist who started to interpret human behavior without reference to the wisdom of gods.
Medea/Hecabe/Electra/HeraclesFour devastating Greek tragedies showing the powerful brought down by betrayal, jealousy, guilt and hatred The first playwright to depict suffering without reference to the gods, Euripides made his characters speak in human terms and face the consequences of their actions. In Medea, a woman rejected by her lover takes hideous revenge by murdering the children they both love, and Hecabe depicts the former queen of Troy, driven mad by the prospect of her daughter's sacrifice to Achilles. Electra portrays a young woman planning to avenge the brutal death of her father at the hands of her mother, while in Heracles the hero seeks vengeance against the evil king who has caused bloodshed in his family. Translated with an Introduction by PHILIP VELLACOTT
About the AuthorEuripides was an Athenian born in 484BC. A member of a family of considerable rank, he disliked performing the public duties expected of him, preferring a life of introspection. He was not a popular figure, and at some point (and for a reason unknown) he went into voluntary exile at the court of Archelaus, King of Macedon. He died c.407BC and is thought to have written around ninety-two plays, of which seventeen survive.
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Weight: .33 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 208
Sub-Genre: Ancient & Classical
Series Title: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Group
Language: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Street Date: August 30, 1963
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-9620
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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