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Euripides: Ion

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  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521596565

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  • Ion is one of Euripides' most appealing and inventive plays. With its story of an anonymous temple slave discovered to be the son of Apollo and Creusa, an Athenian princess, it is a rare example of Athenian myth dramatized for the Athenian stage. It explores the Delphic Oracle and Greek piety; the Athenian ideology of autochthony and empire; and the tragic suffering and longing of the mythical foundling and his mother, whose experiences are represented uniquely in surviving Greek literature. The plot anticipates later Greek comedy, while the recognition scene builds on a tradition founded by Homer's Odyssey and Aeschylus' Oresteia. The introduction sets out the main issues in interpretation and discusses the play's contexts in myth, religion, law, politics, and society. By attending to language, style, meter, and dramatic technique, this edition with its detailed commentary makes Ion accessible to students, scholars, and readers of Greek at all levels.

    • Comprehensive and up-to-date commentary on one of Euripides' most lively and appealing plays
    • Addresses issues of language, style, meter, and dramatic technique, and gives contextual detail on myth, religion, politics, and society
    • Pays close attention to the Greek so that readers of all levels will benefit from a better understanding of Euripides' poetry
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521596565
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Euripides: life and works
    2. Myth
    3. Setting, staging, and production
    4. Structure and dramatic technique
    5. The Chorus and the characters
    6. Political identity
    7. Ritual and religion
    8. Revelation and deception
    9. Genre and tone
    10. Transmission of the text
    A note on the text and critical apparatus

  • Author


    Editor (Introduction and Notes)

    John C. Gibert, University of Colorado Boulder
    John C. Gibert is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is author of Change of Mind in Greek Tragedy (1995) and co-author (with C. Collard and M. J. Cropp) of Euripides: Selected Fragmentary Plays II (2004). He has also written numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on Greek drama, religion, and philosophy.

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