This quantity of 3 of Euripides' so much celebrated performs deals swish, affordable, metrical translations that show the wide variety of results of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its discussion to the excessive formality of its choral odes.
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Extra resources for Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus
If your husband should take a new bride I know that I would detest him, and so will your children. [Antistrophe 2] 500 505 His mother would not defend her son from the grave; neither would his old father. . vi They didn’t dare rescue the child they had borne. —although they were ancient, white-haired. But you gave up your young life; you died for a man who was young. May it be my luck to find such a woman for my own loving wife—a rare prize. I know that I would live my whole life free of sorrow.
Page (Medea), and W. S. Barrett (Hippolytus), and on David Kovacs’ Loeb Classical Library editions. I have also consulted D. J. Conacher’s commentary on Alcestis, Michael R. Halleran’s on Hippolytus, and Anthony J. Podlecki’s translation of Medea. I was able to consult H. M. Roisman and C. A. E. Luschnig’s commentary on Alcestis after I had finished my translation. The line numbers in the margins are those of my English versions; the line numbers of the corresponding Greek text appear in brackets at the top of each page.
Or is it now time to cut my hair in grief, to wrap myself in mourning black? — It’s all too clear, my friends, it’s all too clear. But still [193–218] SvarleinEuripies-00Bk Page 13 Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:04 PM ALCESTIS [219–240] 13 we will pray to the gods. They have the most power. 225 15 — Lord Paean, Healer, devise some strategy, find some way out. — Do something, do something! Once, in the past, you found a way, an escape; it’s time again now to bring help, to bring some release, something to counteract bloodthirsty Hades.
Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus by Euripides