Euripedes: Alcestis, Bacchantes, Ion, Hippolytus, Medea

We finally finish off Euripedes’ works with the last five remaining tragedies. Compared to the dramas of the last few weeks, these five tragedies surely represent a high point of Euripedes’ craft and art. Unlike the formulaic form and structure that we explored last week (as noted by Alan Sommerstein), these tragedies subvert expectations and … Continue reading “Euripedes: Alcestis, Bacchantes, Ion, Hippolytus, Medea”

Euripedes: Heracles Mad, Phoenician Women, The Suppliants, Cyclops

This week I finished four plays by Euripedes. I’m going slower that I’m anticipating, having yet to read anything by Aristophanes, much less starting on the Gibbon. At least in this coming week I hope to finish the five remaining Euripedes plays, among which are those often said to be his greatest: Hippolytus, Medea, Ion, Bacchantes, and Alcestis. Last weekend … Continue reading “Euripedes: Heracles Mad, Phoenician Women, The Suppliants, Cyclops”

Euripedes: Andromache, Helen, Orestes

These three plays round off the series of Euripedes’ plays on the events concerning the aftermath of the Trojan War. Andromache tells us the story of the former wife of the now-dead Hector, now enslaved as a concubine of Neoptolemus, son of Achilles. Helen is a romantic escape drama. Finally, Orestes takes place between Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides (assuming all of these … Continue reading “Euripedes: Andromache, Helen, Orestes”

Euripedes: The Trojan Women, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia in Tauris

Similar to last week, the three plays I read over this weekend have women at the center of the story. The Trojan Women The Trojan Women (TW) deals with the immediate aftermath of the fall of Troy. All of the major Trojan heroes such as Priam and Hector are dead, and the women’s fate are to be … Continue reading “Euripedes: The Trojan Women, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia in Tauris”

Euripedes: Rhesus, Hecuba, Heraclidae

Having finished the massive tome that is The City of God, starting this week I’m returning back to the Greek plays, of which those of Euripedes and Aristophanes remain. Hopefully before the end of this month I’ll finish all the plays so that I can quickly get into Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman … Continue reading “Euripedes: Rhesus, Hecuba, Heraclidae”

The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes

Having finished reading all of the Aeschylus plays in GBWW Volume 4, I decided to proceed with the two Electra plays by Sophocles and Euripedes. If you don’t remember, Electra is the sister of Orestes, whose father Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus in Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon in revenge for having sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia. … Continue reading “The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes”