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Euripides

Author: Isabelle C Torrance
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B.Tauris & Co., 2019. ©2019
Series: Understanding classics
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides are often described as the greatest tragedians of the ancient world. Of these three pivotal founders of modern drama, Euripides is characterized as the interloper and the innovator: the man who put tragic verse into the mouths of slaves, women and the socially inferior in order to address vital social issues such as sex, class and gender relations. It is perhaps little wonder that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
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Torrance, Isabelle C.
Euripides.
London ; New York : I.B.Tauris & Co., 2019
(DLC) 2018048040
(OCoLC)1057243370
Named Person: Euripides; Euripides.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Isabelle C Torrance
ISBN: 9781786725660 1786725665
OCLC Number: 1083096809
Description: 1 online resource (x, 182 pages).
Contents: Life and works --
Spectacular theatre --
Religion and philosophy --
Rhetoric and relevance --
Literary sophistication.
Series Title: Understanding classics
Responsibility: Isabelle Torrance.

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Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides are often described as the greatest tragedians of the ancient world. Of these three pivotal founders of modern drama, Euripides is characterized as the interloper and the innovator: the man who put tragic verse into the mouths of slaves, women and the socially inferior in order to address vital social issues such as sex, class and gender relations. It is perhaps little wonder that his work should find such resonance in the modern day.In this concise introduction, Isabelle Torrance engages with the thematic, cultural and scholarly difficulties that surround his plays to demonstrate why Euripides remains a figure of perennial relevance. Addressing here issues of social context, performance theory, fifth-century philosophy and religion, textual criticism and reception, the author presents an astute and attractively-written guide to the Euripidean corpus - from the widely read and celebrated Medea to the lesser-known and deeply ambiguous Alcestis.

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