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Free download CyclopsAlcestisMedea è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Û Euripides of Athens ca 485–406 BCE famous in every age for the pathos terror surprising plot twists and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations wrote nearly ninety plays Of these eighteen plus a play of unknown authorship mistakenly incH play is preceded by an introductionIn a general introduction Kovacs demonstrates that the biographical tradition about Euripides parts of which view him as a subverter of morality religion and art cannot be relied on He argues that this tradition has often furnished the unacknowledged starting point for interpretation and that the way is now clear for an unprejudiced consideration of the plays themselves. I like to get a sense of Odysseus's character outside of Homer but not much changes The revelations take less time but the effect is the sameThis is a satyr play the fourth in a series with comic overtones one suspects to lighten the tragic load something Shakespeare incorporated directly in his tragedies The key to Polyphemus's catastrophe is wine directly from Dionysius and so we might see that one's lack of morality is repaid by an immoral source but the idea of drunkenness and its presentation the lust with which Polyphemus takes to the wine bag is as funny as the fact that it constantly replenishes itselfPolyphemus is however no rustic; he has slaves eats decidedly well a bit of a gourmand as it were weighing out the fattest of Odysseus's crew even when men are not on the menu and has engaged Silenus and the satyrs Chorus who of course desire to return to Dionysius and to his surroundingsI did enjoy this fining Polyphemus much developed here than Odysseus

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Three plays and an accurate and graceful translation with explanatory notesAlcestis is the story of a woman who agrees in order to save her husband's life to die in his place Medea is a tragedy of revenge in which Medea kills her own children as well as their father's new wife to punish him for his desertion The volume begins with Cyclops a satyr play the only complete example of this genre to survive Eac. It is interesting to note the huge part that women play in Greek tragedies be it as a curse to man Medea to Jason as a partner in life and in death Alcestis to Admetus or as a silent sexual object useful merely for man's instant gratification the 'Cyclops'1'Cyclops'Neptune's one eyed sons the man slaying CyclopesThis is said to be the only complete example of a 'Satyr play' usually the fourth play of a tragic tetralogy As I was not certain of the nature of a satyr play I am glad that I gave Euripides' 'Cyclops' a try It does contain being a satyr play some vulgar references of Helen wanting to be kidnapped and raped by the satyr characters and even a crude homosexual one that is unsurprisingly left out of many critical observations As for the humour here is an example like when the Cyclops says to the satyrsI wouldn't think of it eating the satyrs you would be the death of me with your dance steps leaping around my bellyI was recently watching an episode of the famous TV series 'Adventure Time' in which a troll ate some 'dancing bears' who irritated him with their constant partying inside his bellyThe Cyclops referred to in this play is no other than Polyphemus being immortalized in the 'Percy Jackson series' which in the film at least for I have not read the book 'The Sea of Monsters' featured Polyphemus as a half blinded cyclops who was so blinded as we know after reading this play by Odysseus in possession of the Golden Fleece I though that the Golden Fleece cured everything including deathOdysseus displays a certain civilized morality in this satyr play which significantly contrasts sharply with the Satyr's treachery cowardice irrationality and fondness for excess basically all the world that was not Greek at the time which the Greeks justly considered barbarous A worthwhile read42552'Alcestis'Some other woman will possess you luckier perhaps but not virtuousthe noblest woman by far under the sunApollo and Death personified light and darkness heaven and the underworld good and evil life and death These are few of the parallels that this play constantly makes One should be aware that these themes featured in Christianity from times immemorial which I hope we all know dates back centuries before Christ Himself especially when one considers the old testament Alcestis is the ideal wife symbolical in the ancient world of the power of love Alcestis' and Admetus' mutual love for each is inspiring and which relevantly transcends death itself Alcestis' virtues accepting sacrificing her own life in her husband's place is rewarded by resurrection by Herakles who single handedly brought her back from the dead and acts as a substitute for the gods of Greek mythologyHowever Admetus' love is also tested before he regains Alcestis He promised her while she was still in the land of the living that he will remain faithful by an oath of fidelity on his part in respect of her noble name Herakles does not reveal that the woman he has brought back from the dead to be Alcestis immediately rather he claims that it is some other woman which he had won as a prize in a sporting competition However Admetus nobly rejects the 'stranger' which ironically turns out to be his wife Alcestis I believe that Euripides wanted to defy man's conception of woman as a curse on his sexual freedom or as a prize for his manly attributes Admetus boldly claimsTruly such a woman living with me my whole life would bring me no griefMan should be and ought to be responsible for his own actions and not blame women as the cause of his many temptations True love is very hard to find one might search all his life and tragically never finds it but it still exists however endangered it may be455 3'Medea'Jason in the Medea argues that women are a burden or a curse to mankind and he wishes that there could be a way to beget children without women he did not oppose the chance to beget children from the royal princess though In Christianity it was Eve who tempted Adam to their downfall from grace and exile from the Garden of Eden although according to the same belief both were eually guilty in the eyes of GodTherefore do not ask the insipid uestion of who was right or wrong Jason in abandoning Medea in favour of another woman or Medea in her 'violent and passionate tendencies' That is not the point It is relevant to notice how the Greeks viewed marriage men and women but that is about it Greek tragedy traditionally gives a chance for both parties to present their cases but what is relevant is what the audience gets out of the whole situation Euripides did a great job out of that he was never afraid to uestion tradition myths and convention in some plays than others In the 'Tragicometer' this play is 911 tragic It cannot get any worse for the parties concerned Jason and Medea what they have left is literally their own lives and even then it is no better than a life in death situation Divorce should not be a common occurrence as the conseuences are too many to predict it also means endangering the lives of innocent people some distraught spouses have a tendency to murder the other's lover or children in what are popularly known as 'crimes of passion' For Euripides what is tragic is humanity's reluctance to reconcile and bury the hatchet Let bygones be bygones in this shadow of a life his own expression it is better to accept life as it is and move on and adapt in the best possible manner to life's unpredictable circumstances 455Overall 55 plays that deserve to be studied read and enjoyed

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CyclopsAlcestisMedeaEuripides of Athens ca 485–406 BCE famous in every age for the pathos terror surprising plot twists and intellectual probing of his dramatic creations wrote nearly ninety plays Of these eighteen plus a play of unknown authorship mistakenly included with his works have come down to us from antiuity In this first volume of a new Loeb edition of Euripides David Kovacs gives us a freshly edited Greek text of. As a Latin Teacher I love to reread the Greek Classics There is always something to be learned