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Euripides: Medea and Electra : A Companion to the Penguin Translation - John Ferguson

Euripides: Medea and Electra

A Companion to the Penguin Translation


Published: 1st June 1991
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Euripides was particularly noted for his sensitive portrayals of women and for finding a sympathetic side to those whom the stock mythology tended to see as evil monsters, such as Helen of Troy. Medea murdered her children by Jason when he deserted her fora new wife; Electra and Orestes killed their own mother in revenge for her betrayal and murder of their father Agamemnon. This kind of searing tragedy may easily be read in translation but its appreciation inevitably involves conventions and references which may elude the reader.

This volume contains an introduction outlining the background of Athenian tragedy: how it was presented; what was its fifth-century social and political context; how were these two particular plays conceived and constructed? This is followed by a line-by line commentary based on the translation of Philip Vellacott (Penguin Classics), though it may be used profitably with other versions as well.

Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Greek Tragedyp. 3
The Theatrep. 5
Euripidesp. 6
Political Backgroundp. 8
Social Backgroundp. 9
Medea: Date and Productionp. 10
Medea: The Legend of Argop. 11
Medea: The Charactersp. 12
Medea: The Dramatic Structurep. 12
Medea in Art, Drama and Musicp. 13
Electra: Date and Productionp. 15
Electra: the Legendp. 16
Electra: the Charactersp. 18
Electra: The Dramatic Structurep. 18
Electra in Art, Drama and Musicp. 21
Medeap. 23
Electrap. 50
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ISBN: 9780862922689
ISBN-10: 0862922682
Series: Classical Studies Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st June 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.14 x 13.77  x 0.48
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1