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Bacchae and Other Plays

Edited and translated by the late James Morwood
Introduction by Edith Hall

12 June 2008

ISBN: 9780199540525

288 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99



The four plays newly translated in this volume are among Euripides' most exciting works. Iphigenia among the Taurians is a story of escape and contrasting Greek and barbarian civilization, set on the Black Sea at the edge of the known world. Bacchae, a profound exploration of the human psyche, deals with the appalling consequences of resistance to Dionysus, god of wine and unfettered emotion. This tragedy, which above all others speaks to our post-Freudian era, is one of Euripides' two last surviving plays. The second, Iphigenia at Aulis, centres on the ultimate dysfunctional family as natural emotion is tested in the tragic crucible of the Greek expedition against Troy. Lastly, Rhesus, probably the work of another playwright, is a thrilling, action-packed Iliad in miniature, dealing with a grisly event in the Trojan War.

About the Author(s)


Edited and translated by the late James Morwood, Grocyn Fellow in Classics and Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford
Introduction by Edith Hall, Lecturer in Classics and Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    Iphigenia among the Taurians
    Iphigenia at Aulis

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