9780195072907

Hippolytos

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195072907

  • ISBN10:

    0195072901

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-10-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

In most versions of the Hippolytos myth, Phaidra is depicted as an utterly debauched character, a woman reduced to shamelessness by the power of Aphrodite. In Euripides' Hippolytos, however--informed by the playwright's moral and religious fascination--we find a Phaidra resisting the goddessof love with all her strength, though in the end unsuccessfully. Phaidra becomes a tragic foil for Hippolytos, making his superhuman virtue at once believable and understandable. Robert Bagg's profound translation of this Euripidean masterpiece is idiomatic, natural, and intensely lyrical, designed not only to be read but performed. Unlike most versions, Bagg's Hippolytos sustains the dramatic tome and dynamics to the very end--even after Phaidra's death--and the movingscenes between Hippolytos and Theseus, and later Hippolytos' death-scene with Artemis, receive here unprecedented plausibility and power.

Author Biography


Robert Bagg is a recipient of the Prix de Rome for poetry and is author of critical studies of Sappho and Catallus.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(12)
Hippolytos
15(74)
Notes on the Text 89(12)
Glossary 101(4)
Select Bibliography 105

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