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Rhesus [in translation]

by Euripides

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The story of a futile quest for knowledge, this ancient anti-war drama is one of the neglected plays within the corpus of Greek tragedy. Euripides' shortest tragic work, Rhesos is unique in lacking a prologue, provoking some scholars to the conclusion that the beginning of the play has been lost. In this exciting translation, Rhesos is no longer treated as a derivative Euripidean work, but rather as the tightly-knit tragedy of knowledge it really is. A drama in which profound problems of fate and free will come alive, Rhesos is also an exploration of the perversion of values that come as the result of war. Charged with a striking immediacy, this play is contemporary in the questions it raises, and eternal in its quest for truth.… (more)
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This was a straightforward, succinct, and concise play by Euripides. The language was stark and less poetic than expected, but the flow of action and its effects were justified, comprehensible, and enjoyable. Overall, a decent play.

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  DanielSTJ | Apr 2, 2020 |
I'm still not quite sure what to make of this story. It’s remarkably unsatisfactory. Hector gets to be self-righteous, and Odysseus gets to be an evil sneak-theif and assassin, but the tale does nothing to change the status quo, and leaves one with the sense of an episode that could easily be left out, for its inclusion or excision changes nothing. ( )
  NKarman | Jan 31, 2018 |
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Murray, GilbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The story of a futile quest for knowledge, this ancient anti-war drama is one of the neglected plays within the corpus of Greek tragedy. Euripides' shortest tragic work, Rhesos is unique in lacking a prologue, provoking some scholars to the conclusion that the beginning of the play has been lost. In this exciting translation, Rhesos is no longer treated as a derivative Euripidean work, but rather as the tightly-knit tragedy of knowledge it really is. A drama in which profound problems of fate and free will come alive, Rhesos is also an exploration of the perversion of values that come as the result of war. Charged with a striking immediacy, this play is contemporary in the questions it raises, and eternal in its quest for truth.

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