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Amphitryon by Molière


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Amphitryon is Moliere's play about how Jupiter seduced Alkmene, the wife of Amphitryon, by disguising himself as her husband. Although Jupiter succeeds and leaves behind a pregnancy that will become Hercules, he is frustrated to find out that he did not succeed on his own - he only succeeded because Alkmeme that he was her husband Amphitryon.

I read this after reading and seeing a production of a Kleist play by the same name. In comparison to the other Kleist works, it is actually funny in spots. Because I was so surprised at this, I was curious how this could be and read that Kleist had based this on a play be the same name by Moliere. What I found, however, was that the Kleist play was essentially just a translation of the Moliere piece. The Moliere piece was better. ( )
  M_Clark | Dec 29, 2016 |
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  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
Richard Wilbur’s Molière translations are all pure pleasure to read, and Amphitryon is no exception. It is set in Ancient Greece (although the characters all have Roman names) and provides a comic/farcical version of the Greek myth about Zeus/Jupiter’s disguised seduction of the wife of a Greek general. The irregular rhyme and meter delightfully complements the text, lend a light wittiness to a what is by now a reasonably stock story. ( )
  jasonlf | Jul 30, 2011 |
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Altena, Ernst vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Altena, Ernst vanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilbur, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wilbur is at the peak of his form in this stellar translation of an unusual Molière play-populated with Greeks and Greco-Roman gods and flavored with the essences of vaudeville, fan-tasy, high comedy, farce, and even opera. Afterword by Richard Wilbur.

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A new translation set in rhyme of a French classic. It tells of Jupiter's affair with the wife of a Greek general. Says Jupiter: "Your love for me was very weak, perforce, / If by so small a thing it was undone! / Should a little joke occasion a divorce, / And should one bridle at what was meant in fun?"… (more)

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