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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Medea and Other Plays by Euripides. Philip Vellacott Translator. The four tragedies collected in this volume all focus on a central character, once powerful, brought down by betrayal, jealousy, guilt, and hatred.

The first playwright to depict suffering without reference to the gods, Euripides BC made his characters speak in human terms and face the consequences of their actions. In Medea , a woman rejected by her lover takes h The four tragedies collected in this volume all focus on a central character, once powerful, brought down by betrayal, jealousy, guilt, and hatred.

In Medea , a woman rejected by her lover takes hideous revenge by murdering the children they both love, and Hecabe depicts the former queen of Troy, driven mad by the prospect of her daughter's sacrifice to Achilles.

Electra portrays a young woman planning to avenge the brutal death of her father at the hands of her mother, while in Heracles the hero seeks vengeance against the evil king who has caused bloodshed in his family. Philip Vellacott's lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction, which discusses the literary background of Classical Athens and examines the distinction between instinctive and civilized behavior.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 5th by Penguin Classics first published August 30th More Details Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Medea and Other Plays , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Medea and Other Plays. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.

Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. She's upset because the man she moved overseas for after killing her bro - but that's another story decided to shack up with another woman so I kinda can't blame her? But then she kinda goes next level and it's definitely tragic. How about these quotes though: 'If only children could be got some other way, Without the female sex! If women didn't exist, Human life would be rid of all its miseries.

Why have you given us clear signs to tell True gold from counterfeit; but when we need to know Bad men from good, the flesh bears no revealing mark? That Jason is an A-grade A-hole. Like, I'm secretly just a little bit proud of her for standing up for herself. Just not, you know, that last bit. That was probably going a little too far. Interesting to kind of read a snippet of what may have gone down after the Trojan War. Hecate is a fascinating character, and I enjoyed the way she reasoned things out.

I feel sorry for all the kids getting the raw deal in all their parents' drama, though. The 'Chorus' character does confuse me a little, with them all speaking as one. Also this, like Medea , has some serious gender battles. To be brief, I'll say just this: all the abuse that men have heaped On women in time past, all they are saying now Or will ever say, I can sum it in one phrase: No monster like a woman breeds in land or sea; And those who have most to do with women know it best.

I probably liked this a bit more than Medea , though; I think because Hecate's grief is more powerful, and her cause more justified. Electra's peasant husband is a cool cat; very respectful and I was happy for Electra in that respect.

I really enjoyed her discussing revenge with her bro because it felt like finally we had a good cause to root for. Even though killing people is not the answer, blah, blah, blah.

But the way the themes twisted and wrung out different emotions was quite powerful. The explanations from Clytemnestra were quite interesting, as well! I mean, she kinda sounds like a savage, but good on her not putting up with that, 'a woman must agree with her husband on everything' crap. Kinda seems like Euripides was a feminist waaaaay ahead of his time. One to go! It hurt my heart. I need to brush up on my Greek myths who did a bunch of tough tasks that we all refer to as labors.

Then you get this tragic ending where H is off slaying Cerberus poor puppy and in the meantime this psycho king is planning to kill his wife and kids.

I have a lot of love for Megara because I always picture her as the sass queen from the Disney version. Herc is a hero. I really like him. So to read his tragedy was a little heart-breaking. Here's some good quotes though! They're a waste of time, while I Neglected to help my own. Highly recommend for those interested in a more creative take on some well-known legends. I think this especially true with Euripides.

There is this sort of un-serious element, a sense of mockery. Each of the three tragic Greek playwrigh Each of the three tragic Greek playwrights finds the most extreme, hardest to fathom elements of the mythology, and foregrounds it in their plays. And, it just seems that in same way Hollywood today mocks our religious and moral background, undermining in sum, even if not in intention, Greek drama undermines Ancient Greek beliefs and moral standards.

Well, that was a bit convoluted. I'm trying to compensate, because this book didn't offer much to me. Medea was a re-read.

Hecabe was forgettable, Heracles is over-dramatic and Electra has it's own issues. Not my favorite plays. Medea bce This is really a great and disturbing play and re-reading it does add a bit, but doesn't make it any more pleasant. Reviewed here Hecabe aka Hecuba bce Hecabe is Hector's mother. So, she loses everything in the Trojan war and lives a bit to suffer through it. That's the setting here. She has to experience watching her last daughter, Polyxena, condemned to be a human sacrifice to Achilles.

Then, immediately after, she learns of the murder of her one remaining son, Polydorus, who had been sent off to another kingdom for protection. He was murdered by his protector, King Polymestor of Thrace. Lots of inadequate dramatic words.

All is not lost, as Hecabe gets a chance to get revenge on Polymestor. Her fellow Trojan woman slaves will set a trap, blind Polymestor and kill his sons. So, at least it's a happy ending Electra bce The Sophocles play of this same name is powerful, and complex and interesting.

With that in mind, I found this play bewildering in its plainness. It's legitimately funny and it's all told straight, with only sarcastic humor. After that scene, I tried to read sarcasm into the entire remaining play I guess a lesson is one should be careful not to take these too seriously. Heracles bce Heracles probably deserves some more reflection, but it was so over-dramatic, like a constant high pitched scream, that the thought-provoking affect was lost one me.

With Heracles away, we watch his wife, Megara, human father, Amphitryon, and his children deal with being condemned to pubic execution. They go back and forth between hope and acceptance.

At the last moment Heracles arrives and saves them.

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