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Euripides Plays: v.3: "Alkestis", "Helen", "Ion"

Euripides Plays: v.3: "Alkestis", "Helen", "Ion"


ISBN: 9780413716200

This collection of three plays by Euripides includes: "Alkestis", a romance with parallels to Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale"; "Helen", an alternative version of the myth of the Trojan War; and "Ion", a portrayal of childlessness and the abandoned child

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Published in the new Methuen Classical Dramatists series The three plays in this volume straddle the borders between comedy and tragedy. Alkestis is a moving "romance" with death; it has parallels to Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Helen, an alternative version of the tragic portrayal of the Trojan War, shows Helen "relocated in a delightful comedy" (Observer) - as an innocent victim of her own beauty, hidden in Egypt by the gods while her image has been abducted by Paris. In Ion, a father who thought he was childless discovers his son, and a son who thought he was motherless finds his mother.
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