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The Bacchae and other plays (edition 2005)

by Euripides., John N. Davie, R. B. Rutherford

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Title:The Bacchae and other plays
Authors:Euripides.
Other authors:John N. Davie, R. B. Rutherford
Info:London ; New York : Penguin, 2005.
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4 Plays: Bacchae / Helen / Ion / Trojan Women by Euripides

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Rightly did the ancient Athenians regard Euripidies as a sombre misfit: The Bacchae, first read by me 23 years ago at university, still has power to move and disturb. A truly unsettling examination of family ties, pride, and the capricious world in which we seem to live. Atmospheric. ( )
  Iacobus | Apr 23, 2008 |
I read Philip Vellacott's translation of The Bacchae and The Women of Troy by Euripides for a Greek and Roman mythology course this summer. Having no previous experience with Greek plays, I found that these two plays have universal themes that still resonate down to our time.
The Bacchae was written around 406 B.C. when Euripides was approximately seventy years old. The play is a dramatization of Dionysus' return to his birthplace Thebes where he exacts revenge, because he is not given proper recognition as a divinity. The main themes include the superiority of the gods and the importance of appeasement and justice. Pentheus, the protagonist, represents human failing to respect the gods so that he, along with the rest of society, is guilty of hubris. The story also illustrates that a complete state of ecstasy can be sanctioned through Dionysiac worship as long as it is controlled by the god. There is also a patriarchal element that outlines the gender hierarchy within the divine and mortal societies of the Greeks.

The Women of Troy highlights the trials and tribulations of three women who were most affected by the Trojan War. Andromache, Cassandra, and Helen all have stories of heartbreak to tell and Euripides tells their stories in a sympathetic fashion. This play was produced in 415 BC, and it was a part of a trilogy, but the other two plays have been lost. Historically, the play was performed after the massacre on the island of Melos when the Athenians severely punished the inhabitants who wanted to withdraw from the League. Scholars have seen the play as a condemnation of the massacre set outside the walls of Troy.

I enjoyed reading these plays, and when I have some free time I'd like to continue on and read Ion and Helen which are plays also found in this edition. ( )
  ljesse | Jul 27, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140440445, Paperback)

The plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. This volume, containing "Phoenician Women", "Bacchae", "Iphigenia at Aulis", "Orestes", and "Rhesus" completes the new editions of "Euripides in Penguin Classics".

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Through their sheer range, daring innovation, flawed but eloquent characters and intriguing plots, the plays of Euripides have stimulated audiences since the fifth century BC. Phoenician women portrays the rival sons of King Oedipus and their mother's doomed attempts at reconciliation, while Orestes shows a son ravaged with guilt after the vengeful murder of his mother. In The Bacchae, a king mistreats a newcomer to his land, little knowing that he is the god Dionysus disguised as a mortal, while in Iphigenia at Aulis, the Greek leaders take the horrific decision to sacrifice a princess to gain favour from the gods in their mission to Troy. Finally, the Rhesus depicts a world of espionage between the warring Greek and Trojan camps.… (more)

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