Heracles and Other Plays

Euripides - Author

John Davie - Translator

Richard Rutherford - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140447255 | 416 pages | 27 Aug 2002 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The dramas Euripides wrote toward the end of his life are remarkable for their stylistic innovation and adventurous plots. Heracles stands apart in its stark portrayal of human suffering and the deceptive power of the gods. In contrast, the satyr play Cyclops celebrates drink, sex, and self-indulgent hedonism. In the plays in this collection, which also includes Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Ion, and Helen, Euripides exploits the comic potential to be found in traditional myth. While weaving plots full of startling shifts of tone, deception, and illusion as well as comedy, Euripides always reminds us how quickly fortunes can be reversed and invites his audience to view the world with skepticism and compassion.

Heracles and Other Plays General Introduction
Chronological Table
Note on the Text
Translator's Note

Preface to Heracles Heracles

Preface to Iphigenia among the Taurians
Iphigenia Among the Taurians

Preface to Ion

Preface to Helen

Preface to Cyclops

Glossary of Mythological and Geographical Names