Brill's Companion to the Reception of Euripides provides a comprehensive account of the influence and appropriation of all extant Euripidean plays since their inception: from antiquity to modernity, across cultures and civilizations, from multiple perspectives and within a broad range of human experience and cultural trends, namely literature, intellectual history, visual arts, music, opera and dance, stage and cinematography. A concerted work by an international team of specialists in the field, the volume is addressed to a wide and multidisciplinary readership of classical reception studies, from experts to non-experts. Contributors engage in a vividly and lively interactive dialogue with the Ancient and the Modern which, while illuminating aspects of ancient drama and highlighting their ever-lasting relevance, offers a thoughtful and layered guide of the human condition.
Rosanna Lauriola, Ph. D. (2002) University of Firenze, is currently Instructor at Randolph-Macon College (USA). She has published a monograph on Aristophanes, translations with commentary on Sophocles',
Oedipus Rex and Aristophanes’
Acharnians, as well as articles on Hesiod, Homer, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and classical reception.
Kyriakos Demetriou is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Cyprus. He is the editor of
Polis, the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, and author and editor of several articles and books on classical reception.
Contributors are: Simone Beta, James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard, Eric Dugdale, Mary-Kay Gamel, Karelisa Hartigan, Rosanna Lauriola, Cecelia Luschnig, Sophie Mills, Simon Perris, Hanna Roisman, Elizabeth Scharffenberger, Maria De Fatima Silva and Rosie Wyles.
"This collection is a wonderful volume, because it presents a complex approach, studying the reception of Sophoclean plays up until recent years. The book is useful for researchers, interested in a specific topic, but it is particularly useful for beginners, because all the papers analyse their materials, sources and adaptations exhaustively, without omitting arguments and ideas that are essential." Sonia Francisetti Brolin,
eisodos – Zeitschrift für Literatur und Theorie, 2018 (2) Herbst.
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Life of Euripides
Elizabeth W. Scharffenberger
PART 1 - The Tragedies of War and Its Aftermath: The Trojan Cycle 1 Iphigenia at Aulis
Mary-Kay Gamel 2 Trojan Women
Rosanna Lauriola 3 Hecuba
Eric Dugdale 4 Andromache
James H. Kim On Chong-Gossard 5 Helen
Maria de Fátima Silva
PART 2 - Cursed Royal Families: The Mycenaean and Theban Cycle 6 Electra
Cecelia E. Luschnig 7 Orestes
Cecelia E. Luschnig 8 Iphigenia in Tauris
Sophie Mills 9 Phoenician Women
Elizabeth W. Scharffenberger 10 Suppliant Women
PART 3 - The ‘Fatal’ Power of Love 11 Alcestis
Hanna M. Roisman 12 Medea
Rosanna Lauriola 13 Hippolytus
PART 4 - Questioning Gods and Religion 14 Bacchant Women
Simon Perris 15 An Appendix:
Ion: A Quest Karelisa V. Hartigan
PART 5 - The Tragic Side of Heracles’ Life 16 Heracles
Rosie Wyles 17 The Children of Heracles (Heraclidae)
PART 6 - Beyond Tragedy: A Satyr Drama 18 Cyclops
Appendix: List of Modern Adaptations
Index of Subjects
Students, scholars, non-professional readers, interested people, both those who are unfamiliar with either Euripides or ancient Greek Tragedy and Antiquity in general, and those who have ‘some grasp’ of these subject matters.