Alcestis of Euripides: Literally Translated into English Prose from the Text of Monk with the Original Greek, the Metres, the Order, and English Accentuation - Cambridge Library Collection - Classics (Paperback)T.W.C. Edwards (translator)
Paperback 92 Pages / Published: 01/07/2010
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T. W. C. Edwards' edition of Monk's 1816 translation of Euripides' Alcestis was published in 1824. Edwards used the earlier work to form the basis of a parallel pedagogic text, adding copious notes for the use of students of ancient Greek. Alcestis is Euripides' earliest surviving play; a 'problem play' that shares much with tragedy, but has a happy ending. Admetus marries Alcestis, who offers to die in his place after he angers the goddess Artemis. She is rescued from death by Heracles who returns her in disguise to her husband. Admetus refuses to marry this unknown woman, having vowed celibacy after what he believed was his wife's death, but she is revealed as Alcestis to much rejoicing. The play was originally performed at the Athenian Dionysia in 438 BC, where it formed the final part of an otherwise lost tetralogy of plays, replacing the traditional satyr play.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 92
Weight: 130 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 6 mm
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