Ten Plays (Signet Classics)

By Euripides

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From might be the best of the traditional Greek playwrights comes this number of performs, together with Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia one of the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.

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May possibly I be paired with so loving a spouse (most infrequent! ) Blissfully could I grasp to her via existence. 3rd EPISODE [Hardly has ALCESTIS’ physique been carried into the home, by way of ADMETUS and the kids, whilst HERACLES with lion epidermis and membership methods. he's bluff, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty] HERACLES: buddies, natives of this realm of Pherae, Do I ensue on Admetus in his domestic? chief: certain, Heracles, Admetus is at domestic. What brings you into Thessaly and town of Pherae? HERACLES: i've got a exertions to accomplish for King Eurystheus of Tiryns. chief: in your method to the place, and on what errand? HERACLES: To around up the four-horse workforce of Diomedes, king of Thrace. chief: and the way will you deal with that? have you ever no inkling of the reception you'll get? HERACLES: not likely . . . I’ve by no means positioned a foot in his area. chief: You’ll no longer win these steeds and not using a struggle. HERACLES: And I’ll no longer draw back prior to a role in hand. chief: Kill or be killed, then; remain or get back quickly. five HERACLES: It’s now not the 1st time that I’ve run that probability. chief: And while you’ve overthrown their keeper—what subsequent? HERACLES: I’ll force off the horses in a workforce to Tiryns. chief: It’s now not a simple factor to place the bit among their the teeth. HERACLES: Why? Do they snicker out fireplace? chief: No, yet with their tooth they tear males into tatters. HERACLES: Horses don’t devour flesh, simply beasts of the mountains do. chief: Wait until you spot their mangers splashed with gore! HERACLES: Their keeper—whose son does he proclaim himself? chief: Son of Ares, and grasp of the Thracian safeguard of good gold. HERACLES: Phew! one other try of strength—that’s what you suggest . . . tough going always—uphill paintings, if i need to tackle all of the sons of Ares. First it was once Lycaon, then Cycnus, and now a 3rd ordeal: i need to grapple with these horses and their grasp. yet not anyone shall ever see Heracles, Alcmena’s son, cowering sooner than a few strong-armed bully. chief: yet glance, the grasp of this realm himself comes out: Admetus from the palace. [Enter ADMETUS with shaven head and wearing black, through attendants equally accoutered] ADMETUS: Welcome, son of Zeus and scion of Perseus. HERACLES: And pleasure to you, Admetus, king of Thessaly. ADMETUS: Ah, if pleasure have been attainable! yet thanks all of the related. HERACLES: it kind of feels you're in mourning. Why the shaven head? ADMETUS: [hedging] i must move and bury somebody . . . somebody pricey. HERACLES: Nothing’s occurred to at least one of your kids? Heaven forbid! ADMETUS: My young children are alive and good contained in the apartment. HERACLES: Your father, then? . . . yet he was once ripe to move. ADMETUS: He’s relatively himself, Heracles. So is my mom. HERACLES: It’s no longer your spouse, is it? now not Alcestis long past? ADMETUS: good now . . . approximately her . . . there are issues to assert. HERACLES: What do you suggest? Is she alive or is she useless? ADMETUS: She is alive and she or he isn't really. It’s most annoying. HERACLES: I’m none the wiser. You speak in riddles, guy. ADMETUS: She has a different rendezvous with destiny. Didn’t you recognize? HERACLES: I knew she’d pledged herself to die for you.

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