Children of Herakles by Euripides
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Children of Herakles
By Euripides

The Children of Herakles

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Translated by Henry Taylor See other recent books by Henry Taylor See other recent books by Robert A. Brooks
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Children of Herakles by Euripides

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One of the shortest plays in Greek drama, The Children of Herakles offers enough action for two or three plays of normal length. But this very richness and complexity have made the play elusive, subject to dismissive readings, and extraordinarily difficult to translate; in consequence, it has suffered from neglect over the ages. This vibrant new translation makes clear that The Children of Herakles is actually a wonderfully well-crafted work of art, a play offering a wealth of rewards to the modern reader. It is a play about war and the effects of war within the state. Herakles, the legendary hero cursed from birth, was never permitted a triumphant homecoming. Here, his descendants continue the effort to return home, seeking asylum from the persecution of the king who had imposed on Herakles the famous twelve labors. While it pursues concepts of deep moral grandeur, it ends with a denouement of astonishing physical and ethical brutality, and affords Euripides a severe comment on what he believed was the decline of the Athenian character.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195072884
ISBN-10: 019507288X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 6mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 30-Jan-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Euripides

About the Translators: Henry Taylor is a poet and Professor of Literature at the American University in Washington, D.C. The late Robert A. Brooks was a poet and author of the critical study Ennius and Roman Tragedy. He was also translator of Persius' satires.

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