Euripides' Heracles is an extraordinary play of great complexity,
exploring the co-existence of both positive and negative aspects of
the eponymous hero. Euripides treats Heracles' ambivalence by
showing his uncertain position after the completion of his labours
and turns him into a tragic hero by dramatizing his development
from the invincible hero of the labours to the courageous bearer of
suffering. This book offers a comprehensive reading of Heracles
examining it in the contexts of Euripidean dramaturgy, Greek drama
and fifth-century Athenian society. It shows that the play, which
raises profound questions on divinity and human values, deserves to
have a prominent place in every discussion about Euripides and
about Greek tragedy. Tracing some of Euripides' most spectacular
writing in terms of emotional and intellectual effect, and
discussing questions of narrative, rhetoric, stagecraft and
audience reception, this work is required reading for all students
and scholars of Euripides.
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