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Ion (c.-413) [Play]
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One of Euripides' late plays, Ion tells the story of Kreousa, queen of Athens, and her son by the god Apollo. Apollo raped Kreousa; she secretly abandoned their child, assuming thereafter that the god had allowed him to die. Ion, however, is saved to become a ward of Apollo's temple at Delphi. In the play, Kreousa and her husband Xouthos go to Delphi to seek a remedy for their childlessness; Apollo, speaking through his oracle, gives Ion to Xouthos as a son, enraging the apparently still childless Kreousa. Mother tries to kill son, son traps mother at an altar and is about to do her violence; just then, Apollo's priestess appears to reveal the birth tokens that permit Kreousa to recognize and embrace the child she thought she had lost forever. Ion must accept Apollo's duplicity along with his benevolence toward his son.

Disturbing riptides of thought and feeling run just below the often shimmering surface of this masterpiece of Europidean melodrama. Despite Ion's "happy ending," the concatenation of mistaken identities, failed intrigues, and misdirected violence enacts a gripping and serious drama. Euripides leaves the audience to come to terms with the shifting relations of god and mortals in his complex and equivocal interpretation of myth.

Original title: Ἴων [Ion]

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Genre: Drama and PlaysAncientGreek

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ten Plays by Euripides (1936) [Collection]
      Author: Euripides
     Bacchae and Other Plays, the (1954) [Collection]
      Author: Euripides
     Heracles and Other Plays (2002) [Collection]
      Author: Euripides

Edition #1: Ion

Ion (1996)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. The series seeks to recover the entire extant corpus of Greek tragedy, quite as though the ancient tragedians wrote in the English of our own time.


Includes an Introduction, Notes, and Commentary by Peter Burian

Language: English

Edition: Greek Tragedy in New Translations
Translated by: W. S. Di Piero
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Ion (1996)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195094514
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 112

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