Ten Plays (Signet Classics)
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From perhaps the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights comes this collection of plays, including Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.
your see-er,87 ha! Pentheus is striding towards the palace, you know, Echion’s son, to whom I’ve given over the ruling of this land. [Clicking his tongue] My, my, how upset he is! What is he going to tell us now? [PENTHEUS strides in, with guards behind him. Shod in jackboots, wearing a short riding tunic, and carrying a hunting crop, he stalks into their presence with a downright no-nonsense manner] PENTHEUS: I’ve come straight back from abroad, hurried home by rumors.
Cyclopes were one-eyed giants spawned by Poseidon, inhabiting Sicily. They were shepherds and cannibals. CHARACTERS SILENUS, an old satyr, once tutor to Bacchus CHORUS of satyrs, the sons of Silenus ODYSSEUS, king of Ithaca and sacker of Troy THE CYCLOPS, named Polyphemus CREW of Odysseus’ ship SERFS of the Cyclops TIME AND SETTING It is the heroic age in Sicily, not long after the Trojan War. Silenus and his satyr sons, having gone off to rescue Bacchus, who had been captured
lost committed suicide and was changed by Pallas into a spider. ARCADIA (ar kay’ di ar): pastoral region in central Peloponnesus, symbol of quiet happiness. Haunt of the god Pan and birthplace of Pan’s father, Hermes. ARCHELAUS (ar’ke lorz): king of Macedonia who sheltered Euripides in his last years. ARES (ar’eez): the Roman Mars, god of war, one of the twelve Olympians. Son of Zeus and Hera; illicit lover of Aphrodite; disliked by Apollo. His children were Panic, Fear, Trembling, Strife, and
Anabasis (The March Up-country) how the ten thousand Greek mercenaries after months of fumbling their way through the wilds of Mesopotamia climb their final hill, and as each wave of soldiers hits the summit, the ones below hear a roar: “Thalassa! Thalassa!” (“The sea! The sea!”). What if we render this immemorial yelp semantically correctly as: “A vast expanse of salt water! A vast expanse of salt water!”? It is unthinkable. But even among the synonyms of our own tongue we cannot ignore the
spear against the two young men, and call in my fleet, Goddess, as you required. ATHENA: I commend you. Necessity rules us all—even the gods. Come, kindly breezes, waft the son of Agamemnon home. I shall go with them to guard my sister’s image. [PALLAS ATHENA fades from view as the MAIDENS of the CHORUS muster for the exodus march] CHORUS: Go, be happy you are saved, Blest by destiny. And you, Pallas Athena, Whom mortals and immortals cherish, We shall do everything you say,