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Euripides Alcestis
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date February 1, 1990
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195061666
ISBN-10 0195061667
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: At once a vigorous translation of one of Euripides' most subtle and witty plays, and a wholly fresh interpretation, this version reveals for the first time the extraordinary formal beauty and thematic concentration of the Alcestis. William Arrowsmith, eminent classical scholar, translator, and General Editor of this highly praised series, rejects the standard view of the Alcestis as a psychological study of the egotist Admetos and his naive but devoted wife. His translation, instead, presents the play as a drama of human existence-in keeping with the tradition of Greek tragedy-with recognizably human characters who also represent masked embodiments of human conditions. The Alcestis thus becomes a metaphysical tragicomedy in which Admetos, who has heretofore led a life without limitations, learns to "think mortal thoughts." He acquires the knowledge of limits-the acceptance of death as well as the duty to live-which, according to Euripides, makes people meaningfully human and capable of both courage and compassion. This new interpretation compellingly argues that, for Euripides, suffering humanizes, that exemption makes a man selfish and childish, and that only the courage to accept both life and death leads to the realization of one's humanity, and, in the case of Alcestis, to heroism.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780806134581
 
With C. A. E. Luschnig, Hanna M. Roisman | Bilingual edition from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (August 1, 2003)
9780806134581 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.50 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $49.95
Paperback
Book cover for 9780195061666 Book cover for 9780806135748 Book cover for 9780929524078 Book cover for 9781530505678
 
With Euripides | from Createspace Independent Pub (March 11, 2016); titled "Euripides' Alcestis"
9781530505678 | details & prices | 76 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.18 in. | List price $21.90
With C. A. E. Luschnig, Hanna M. Roisman | from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (August 1, 2003); titled "Euripides' Alcestis"
9780806135748 | details & prices | 284 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.95
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Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr (February 1, 1990)
9780195061666 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $16.95
About: At once a vigorous translation of one of Euripides' most subtle and witty plays, and a wholly fresh interpretation, this version reveals for the first time the extraordinary formal beauty and thematic concentration of the Alcestis.
With Richard Hamilton | from Bryn Mawr Commentaries (January 30, 1980)
9780929524078 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.14 lbs | List price $6.50

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