New PDF release: Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus

By Euripides

ISBN-10: 0872208222

ISBN-13: 9780872208223

ISBN-10: 0872208230

ISBN-13: 9780872208230

This quantity of 3 of Euripides' so much celebrated performs deals swish, low cost, metrical translations that express the big variety of results of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its discussion to the excessive formality of its choral odes.

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ALCESTIS: [Epode] Now let me go, let me go now! Lay me down, my legs have no strength. Hades is near. My eyes fill with darkness. Night steals over me. Children, children, your mother no longer, no longer exists. Farewell, my children. Live joyfully here in the daylight. 18. The image of Hades leading Alcestis down to the Underworld by the wrist suggests the iconography of a wedding. Young women who died before their weddings were said to marry death. The archetype for this is Persephone, the bride of Hades himself.

350 SvarleinEuripies-00Bk Page 18 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:04 PM 18 355 360 EURIPIDES I pray that I’ll enjoy the fullest profit from them, as I have not from you. My grief for you will last not only for a year, dear wife, but for as long as I shall live. And all that time my hatred for my mother and loathing for my father shall not die. They loved me with their words, not with their actions. But you gave the most precious thing you had that I might live. Don’t I have every reason to moan, when I have lost a wife like you?

130 SERVANT: You might say she is both alive and dead. CHORUS: How could she see the light still, if she’s gone? SERVANT: She’s sinking, and her soul is subsiding. CHORUS: Poor thing! A good man, losing a fine wife. SERVANT: He doesn’t realize it yet—he’ll feel it soon. 11. Asclepius, as Apollo indicated earlier (4), was killed by Zeus. 135 SvarleinEuripies-00Bk Page 10 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:04 PM 10 EURIPIDES [146–164] CHORUS: You’re sure there really is no hope for her? 140 SERVANT: Her fated day is here in all its force.

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