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Eurpides' tragedy tells of Theseus' chaste son Hippolytus, who refuses to worship Aphrodite in favor of Artemis. Aphrodite gets revenge by causing Hippolytus' stepmother Phaedra to fall in love with him, unleashing a chain of tragic events.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ye know the Cyprian's fleet footfall!
Ye saw the heavens around her flare,
When she lulled to her sleep that Mother fair
  Of twy-born Bacchus, and decked her there
    The Bride of the bladed Thunder.
For her breath is on all that hath life, and she floats in the air,
  Bee-like, death-like, a wonder.
  [During the last lines PHAEDRA has approached the door
   and is listening.]

Silence ye Women! Something is amiss.

How? In the house?—Phaedra, what fear is this?

Let me but listen! There are voices. Hark!

I hold my peace: yet is thy presage dark.

    Oh, misery!
O God, th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Euripides is my favorite Greek playwright, and my wife got this volume for me as a Christmas present. The translation is by Philip Vellacott, but I noticed some differences in this translation of the Bacchae and the translation by Vellacott in the Penguin Classics edition. The Penguin translation wa

I picked this up for Medea after reading Greek Street by Peter Milligan. Wasn't planning on reading the other two plays.

Medea gets her revenge on her husband after he leaves her for another woman. But in the most heart breaking way. A bloody ending!

Of the 3 greek drama poets I've read, Aeschylus, Sophocles and now Euripides, I would say the latter doesn't quite fit in the group. My limited understanding only goes so far as the unintended pun of "not dramatic enough". I'll be reading Aristotle's Poetics soon, when I'm sure I'll be exposed to a