Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bacchae

By Euripides

"Paul Roche...must be ranked one of the nice translators of the Greek dramas in our century."―Robert W. Corrigan

listed below are 3 of Euripides' most interesting tragedies provided in brilliant, sleek translations.

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But welcome happiness! allow me take you in my hands! refrain: cease, stranger! remove your fingers! They desecrate The holy gowns of Artemis’ priestess. You do flawed. ORESTES: my very own sister! we've got one father – you and that i Are either Agamemnon’s young ones; don’t flip from me now! you will have your brother, whom you by no means was hoping to work out. IPHIGENIA: What? You my brother? Come, not more of this. My brother is easily adequate recognized in Argos, and in Nauplia too. ORESTES: My bad sister, your brother isn't really in Argos now! IPHIGENIA: yet – Clytemnestra of Sparta used to be your mom, then? ORESTES: definite, via my father, Pelops’ grandson, Agamemnon. IPHIGENIA: What are you announcing? have you ever a few proof of this? ORESTES: i've got. simply inquire from me approximately our kin. 25 IPHIGENIA: higher, absolutely, so you might converse, and that i will pay attention. ORESTES: i'll communicate first of items Electra informed me – this: you recognize that Atreus and Thyestes nursed a feud? IPHIGENIA: I heard of it; they quarrelled over a golden lamb. ORESTES: So, you bear in mind weaving this tale in your loom? IPHIGENIA: You contact my center there, pricey one – I virtually think. ORESTES: additionally on your positive tapestry – the sunlight became again! IPHIGENIA: This photograph too l delicately wove. ORESTES: Your mom despatched holy water to Aulis in your wedding-day. IPHIGENIA: i do know; that used to be simply because i used to be to marry a prince. ORESTES: convinced, and also you despatched your mom a lock of your personal hair. IPHIGENIA: precise – for a burial-token in my body’s position. ORESTES: And now an explanation i've got noticeable with my very own eyes – hidden on your room in our father’s palace – that outdated spear Which Pelops hurled to kill Oenomaus at Pisa And win the virgin Hippodamia for his bride. IPHIGENIA: you're Orestes! Oh, my dearest, dearest brother! i've got discovered you, to this point from domestic, From Argos – O my expensive one! ORESTES: and i've came upon you dwelling, whom all people inspiration lifeless. Your eyes are rainy with tears – mine too; yet they're tears Of happiness; our weeping and our pleasure are one. IPHIGENIA: He was once a child while I left him – So younger, so younger in his nurse’s hands at domestic. O my middle, happier than phrases can inform! What am i able to say? this present day has come to us past ask yourself, past concept! ORESTES: might we jointly locate success in time to return! IPHIGENIA: O acquaintances, I carry a miracle of pleasure; I worry it's going to get away out of my palms Flying as much as the sky. my very own expensive urban, Mycenae, Altar and fireplace the Cyclops equipped, pay attention my heart’s thank you for my brother’s existence, thank you in your care that reared him a gentle of desire for our condominium! ORESTES: Our condominium, our race, is noble; however the future That either our lives have been born to, sister, is accursed. IPHIGENIA: i do know, to my sorrow,26 good i do know How my unsatisfied father laid the knife to my throat. ORESTES: That apprehensive sight I by no means observed, my mind’s eye sees. IPHIGENIA: No wedding-hymn was once chanted whilst treacherously they led me Decked as a bride for Achilles’ mattress, And the altar of pleasure used to be ringed with tears and groaning, And the ritual detoxification mocked with guilt. ORESTES: I too shudder, to imagine my father may possibly do this.

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