Euripides I: Alcestis, Medea, The Children of Heracles, Hippolytus (The Complete Greek Tragedies)

Euripides I: Alcestis, Medea, The Children of Heracles, Hippolytus (The Complete Greek Tragedies)


Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0226308804

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Euripides I contains the plays “Alcestis,” translated by Richmond Lattimore; “Medea,” translated by Oliver Taplin; “The Children of Heracles,” translated by Mark Griffith; and “Hippolytus,” translated by David Grene.
Sixty years ago, the University of Chicago Press undertook a momentous project: a new translation of the Greek tragedies that would be the ultimate resource for teachers, students, and readers. They succeeded. Under the expert management of eminent classicists David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, those translations combined accuracy, poetic immediacy, and clarity of presentation to render the surviving masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in an English so lively and compelling that they remain the standard translations. Today, Chicago is taking pains to ensure that our Greek tragedies remain the leading English-language versions throughout the twenty-first century.
In this highly anticipated third edition, Mark Griffith and Glenn W. Most have carefully updated the translations to bring them even closer to the ancient Greek while retaining the vibrancy for which our English versions are famous. This edition also includes brand-new translations of Euripides’ Medea, The Children of Heracles, Andromache, and Iphigenia among the Taurians, fragments of lost plays by Aeschylus, and the surviving portion of Sophocles’s satyr-drama The Trackers. New introductions for each play offer essential information about its first production, plot, and reception in antiquity and beyond. In addition, each volume includes an introduction to the life and work of its tragedian, as well as notes addressing textual uncertainties and a glossary of names and places mentioned in the plays.
In addition to the new content, the volumes have been reorganized both within and between volumes to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship on the order in which the plays were originally written. The result is a set of handsome paperbacks destined to introduce new generations of readers to these foundational works of Western drama, art, and life.



















(Seizing his hand.) MEDEA No, no, please don’t resort to that, I beg of you, Creon. CREON It’s clear you’re set upon an ugly squabble, woman. MEDEA I shall submit to banishment: that’s not the thing I’m pleading for. CREON Then why maintain this grip? Why not release my hand? MEDEA 340   Please just allow me to remain today, one day, and give me time to fix arrangements for my banishment, and make provisions for my boys, seeing that their father does not care enough to organize a

your father. Of few others is this true: you could find perhaps only one among many who’s not worse than his father. CHORUS LEADER This country now and always has been ready 330   to help others in difficulties, if the cause is just. And so it has undergone countless hardships for the sake of friends, and I see here yet another struggle approaching now. DEMOPHON You have spoken well, old sir, and I am sure that things won’t be different with these children here: the favor will be

see how I end! NURSE Your words are wounds. Where will your tale conclude? PHAEDRA Mine is an inherited curse. It is not new. NURSE I have not yet heard what I most want to know. PHAEDRA Ah! 345   If you could say for me what I must say myself. NURSE I am no prophet to know your hidden secrets. PHAEDRA What does it mean to say someone’s in love? NURSE Sweetest and bitterest, both in one, at once. PHAEDRA One of those two, I’ve known, and all too well. NURSE 350      Are you

would warrant. There are many who know good sense. 380   But look. We know the good, we see it clear. But we can’t bring it to achievement. Some are betrayed by their own laziness, and others value some other pleasure above virtue. There are so many pleasures in this life— long gossiping talks and leisure, that sweet curse. 385   Then there is shame that thwarts us. Shame is of two kinds. The one is harmless, but the other’s a plague. For clarity’s sake, we should not talk of “shame,”

by David Grene and Richmond Lattimore, was published by the University of Chicago Press starting in 1953. But the origins of the series go back even further. David Grene had already published his translation of three of the tragedies with the same press in 1942, and some of the other translations that eventually formed part of the Chicago series had appeared even earlier. A second edition of the series, with new translations of several plays and other changes, was published in 1991. For well over

Download sample