Alcestis (Greek Drama)
Publish date: June 28th 1974
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pages no: 116
Edition language: English
Alcestis: a unique play. It takes many twisted paths. The 'betrayal' of parents to their son. The indifference of Gods(Apollo), and the courage of half-mortals (Heracles), the faithfulness of wives (Alcestis) And the cowardice of kings (Admetus' refusal to die.)
Strange why? It kind of works counter to the way his plays normally do, and the ending has always astounded me. It's far from the first play I read - although I still have some I need to read - and it was far in enough that I was completely blown away because I never expected it. For those wh...
Gods messing with humanity. Humanity interacting with Gods. Deus ex machinas to make everything work out ever so neatly. The Greeks knew how to write a great tale, and those tales are "oh! so relevant" to our time -- or so I've always been told. I think that's a bit of bullshit, actually. When I...