Euripides I by Euripides

Euripides I

This volume contains the following tragedies by Euripides:1. Alcestis, translated by Richmond Lattimore2. The Medea, translated by Rex Warner3. The Heracleidae, translated by Ralph Gladstone4. Hippolytus, translated by David GreneIn nine paperback volumes, the Grene and Lattimore editions offer the most comprehensive selection of the Greek tragedies available in English. Over the years these authoritative, critically acclaimed editions have been ...

Details Euripides I

TitleEuripides I
Release DateFeb 15th, 1955
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
GenreClassics, Plays, Drama, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction

Reviews Euripides I

  • molly
    3.5 stars
  •  LunaBel
    Medea: Anything for Revenge. Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 206 pages. Medea: You will regret what you did to me, Jason!Jason: I regretted it alright How great can your anger be? To what extent are you ready to hurt those who hurt you? Would you kill your own children to appease a great offense?Medea is ready to do anything it takes to hurt Jason. She takes his wife, his children, and his happiness. What I find fascinating in th...
  • Philipp
    It's always surprising how brutal and bloody Greek tragedies are (but: never nihilistic! The one who wrongs will be pursued by the Gods, and usually the entire bloodline is cursed)Medea: Medea is angry that her husband Jason is taking a new wife, he wants to ban her from the city as she's dangerous, she plans revenge and murders the new wife as well as her own children - since that will hurt her husband more. She survives and escapes the city wit...
  • Steven
    I've reviewed the individual plays from this volume of Euripides' plays (the first of five volumes, all of which I have and will read in order) separately; they are the earliest surviving plays and include the well-known Medea as well as Hyppolytus, which aside from Medea stood out to me in this collection.
  • Daniel Chaikin
    43. Euripides I : Alcestis, The Medea, The Heracleidae, Hippolytus (The Complete Greek Tragedies)published: 1955 (my copy is a 26th printing from 1993)format: 224 page Paperbackacquired: May 30 from a Half-Price Booksread: July 5-9rating: 4 starsEach play had a different translatorAlcestis (481 bce) - translated by Lattimore, Richard c1955The Medea (431 bce) - translated by David Grene c1944The Heracleidae (circa 430 bce) - translated by Rex Warn...
  • El
    I picked this book of plays by Euripides primarily for Medea, so that will earn the brunt of my review.Medea is one kick-ass, crazy bitch. Period. Having read Jason and the Golden Fleece and thoroughly enjoyed it I was excited to read more about Medea, particularly her story after helping Jason find the Golden Fleece. Talk about one spurned lover! After Jason leaves Medea for a Greek princess, Medea goes a little bye-bye and decides the best way...
  • Karen
    I have mixed reactions to these plays. Medea was superb - I was astonished at how modern the themes were. But Electra was such a disappointment in contrast - the characters never really leapt off the page. Here are my reviews of the two I have read so far:
  • A.D. Crystal
    MEDEA!Daughter of a King. Niece of nymph. Granddaughter of a god. Wife of a hero. How many women have you known in any literary piece ever written, in all history of humanity, who incarnate all of these blessings together in one?A fistful, maybe?Killer of her own children! ( Ok. Now you are definitely left with ONE only.)MEDEA! A symbol. A metaphor. A precedent. A uniqueness. ONE and only in millennia. What else can one say.
  • Michael
    This is Euripides I, from the University of Chicago Press, which published "The Complete Greek Tragedies." I have a soft spot in my heart for these, regardless of how well or ill one judges the translations -- and you'd have to be a better scholar than I to have a serious opinion on that score. My soft spot owes to recollections of my undergraduate days, when I read this same edition as a freshman. What a great awakening -- no, that's a bit too p...
  • Francisco
    A Greek tragedy is a Greek tragedy, helpful tautology to describe these reads. What always fascinates me while reading such ancient writings is that they are incredible time machines; one can really experience the 'feel' of bygone ages. It is also very rewarding to take a look at the origins of literary devices that would become prominent cliches to western arts, such as the Deus ex Machina for Euripedes.The plots are lovely, so shocking and outr...
  • Laetitia (Flurried Thoughts)
  • Lija
    Great but a bit depressing.
  • Timotei
    Well worth reading, in particular 'Medea' and 'Hippolytus', Euripides explores universal themes of vengance/savagery, patience/anger, and familial relations using excessive but poignant examples. He manages (especially in 'Medea') to draw out deep characterisation, philosophical and religious questions, plot and beuatiful language in a concise and well-paced manner. Note: the introductions to the text are useful, but often better read after the t...
  • Jessiclees
    Gosh, don't cross Medea.
  • Bree T
    Medea is the story of Medea, wife to Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts, Jason and the Golden Fleece) etc. Medea aided Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece, falling passionately in love with him and even killing her brother and (reputedly) dismembering his body so that they could flee her father who, being a good and just father, stopped to pick up the pieces of his son. Medea is generally regarded as a very intense, passionate woman. She’s ...
  • Meghan
    HELENIn every other Greek play, Helen is portrayed as a slut, a hussy, a mindless bimbo who uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants from men. The particularly amusing scene from the Trojan Women comes to mind when Menelaos is warned by Hecabe not to see Helen. Hecabe tells him once he lays eyes on her breasts all sense will leave him and he will take her back. This exactly happens within the next moments of the play. But in this play Helen ...
  • Ingrid
    It took me a ridiculous time to read this relatively brief collection. I picked it up on a whim after seeing it in a local bookstore, lost it while on holiday, went back home without it, discovered I had left it halfway across the country, had it mailed back, and neglected it for over a month (citing school as a mental excuse) before deigning to finish it. There was something almost calming about this collection, despite their often tragic nature...
  • Kaya
    I only read the intro and 'Medea' and not the 'Other Plays.' This Penguin Classics edition is neat because there are detailed notes throughout the play (noted at the back) explaining all sorts of stuff: how the tragedy would've been presented on stage back then, the backstory of the mythology behind it all, the critical reactions to certain passages throughout history, etc. There is ALSO a glossary at the back that explains the whos, whats and wh...
  • Duy
    Euripides is one of the three greatest tragedy writers of classical Greek, a genre full of drama and suffering by the tragic hero. With Medea being one of his best works, Euripides rewrote the myth of Jason, Medea and the Golden Fleece by providing a few new twists, especially near the end of the story. The story takes place in ancient Greece in Corinth, where Jason, perhaps, for his future, married the princess. Medea later found out about the a...
  • Ivana
    Medea is a very powerful, alluring and wicked woman who does not take any crap from the people and the men in her time- I like her! I do not agree with what she did, however I do not judge her actions because she is a soul who has suffered a great deal.
  • Debby
    I loved it! I read a couple of the plays from this book back in the fall semester of school, and I've just reread the entire thing. It gets better with each reading.
  • Tina Clark
    My favourite story was Medea
  • Matthew Newton
    Reasonably interesting.
  • Faith Bradham
    (read Hippolytus and Medea)I kind of adore Greek tragedy. The writing (at least, the writing in translation) is so beautiful! And everything is always so gory and hopeless!
  • Michael Beblowski
    Ancient Greece produced many of Western culture's greatest enduring artistic and architectural achievements, however that does not imply that many of these forms have been dramatically improved over time. Anyone who was ever subjected to William Shakespeare, willingly or unwillingly, would find the tragedies of Euripides to be a bit convoluted and lacking in psychological depth. Medea, Hecabe, Electra and Heracles are plays where tragic circumsta...
  • Rachel
    Required read and really enjoyed it. My school has picked really good books this year! Medea, The Penelopiad, Bombshells. Guess where I live! 🙈I read the story of Medea when I was really young...probably too young to be reading such a graphic book about murder. I remember (very vividly) Medea chopping Pelias into pieces and threw him into a giant pot, and turned him into a baby. The accompanying illustration showed his two daughters holding an...
  • Sam Gillard
    A really interesting set of plays and a great read. I think I have a different edition to the one listed here, the plays I have in mine are Medea/Hecabe/Electra/Heracles. I've read the first and third three times now but was reading the second and fourth for the first time in this read through. Really interesting morally and an interesting outlook on how the Athenians of this time may have viewed things morally.
  • Juanita Molina
    The three stages I went through reading Medea beginning to end: It's amazing, she's amazing, I love Medea, please read it
  • Ghostly Writer
    I actually really enjoyed this. Medea killing her children was brutal, though. I thought that the language was going to be more difficult to comprehend, but I was able to understand it.