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By Euripides

ISBN-10: 0140446435

ISBN-13: 9780140446432

Integrated: Alcestis, Hippolytus, Iphigenia in Taurus

Euripides' tragedies proved hugely debatable even in his personal lifetime, proposing his viewers with unforeseen twists of plot and violently severe feelings; for lots of of today's readers and spectators, he turns out virtually uncannily sleek in his insights. Euripides was once the most important determine in remodeling the popular figures of Greek mythology from awe-inspiring yet distant heroes into recognizable, fallible people. His characters, all beautifully eloquent, draw on fierce modern debates concerning the nature of justice, politics and faith. His ladies are possibly the main sympathetically and powerfully provided in historical literature. Alcestis, the dramatist's first surviving paintings, is much less harrowing than the others, nearly a tragicomedy. the youngsters of Heracles examines the clash among may perhaps and correct, whereas Hippolytus and Medea, of his maximum performs, display his profound realizing of harmful ardour. This new translation into dignified English prose makes one of many maximum of Greek writers obtainable once more to a large public.

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And whoever will read this little book will have great pleasure in doing so. It may happen that some individuals will get angry when they read it. To them I say: if the shoe fits, then wear it; if you don’t eat garlic, then your breath won’t stink. Do you understand what I mean? 36 Jeremy Dauber Notes I am extremely grateful to Barbara Henry and Joel Berkowitz for their detailed and thorough comments on a draft of this chapter; I am also indebted to the insightful comments from the conferees of the “Yiddish Theatre Revisited” conference—especially those of Seth Wolitz and Alyssa Quint.

See the discussion of Wolfssohn in Antonio’s Devils, esp. 178–187. 7. On this phenomenon, compare Steven E. Aschheim, Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800–1923 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982). 8. Wolfssohn may have felt that it did, at least in part; in his introduction to Laykhtzin un fremelay, Wolfssohn speaks about the three different types of people that he finds in the society he sees around him: the falsely enlightened, the traditionalist fanatics, and well-meaning but perhaps foolish Everymen (in the Hebrew version of the introduction, he compares these types to three shepherds, in a nod to the pastoral dialogue tradition championed by his idol Mendelssohn).

1. , Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches (Oxford, UK: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2003). 2. For discussion of these topics more generally and historical sources on the Prussian and Galician Haskalah in particular, see my Antonio’s Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004). 3. For some general considerations, compare Jonas Barish, The Antitheatrical Prejudice (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981); for relevant essays in a more historically circumscribed period, see the special issue of The Eighteenth Century on “Theater and Theatricality,” 43, no.

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