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Book Information: Alcestis

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King Admetus is dying and the Gods intervene to try to save this man so well-known for his hospitality, but against Fate even the Gods can do little. Admetus' devoted wife volunteers to die in his place, and tragedy is only narrowly averted by the arrival of Hercules.

Original title: Ἄλκηστις
Original languages: Ancient Greek

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Genre: Drama and PlaysAncientGreekTragedy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ten Plays by Euripides (1936) [Collection]
      Author: Euripides
     Grief Lessons (2006) [Collection]
      Author: Euripides

Edition #1: Alkestis

Alkestis (2006)
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Published in Grief Lessons.

Language: English

Translated by: Anne Carson
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Edition #2: Alcestis

Alcestis (1974)
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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.

Language: English

Edition: Greek Tragedy in New Translations
Translated by: William Arrowsmith
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Manifested in:

Alcestis (1990)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195061667
Pages: 142

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Edition #3: Alcestis

Alcestis (1955)
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Language: English

Edition: English translation (Lattimore)
Translated by: Richmond Lattimore
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Edition #4: Alcestis

Alcestis (1936)
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Language: English

Translated by: Dudley Fitts Robert Fitzgerald
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