Wednesday, 11 September 2013

ALCESTIS – Euripides, c438 BC

Another Greek tragedy from the dawn of drama. Admetus has allowed his wife Alcestis to die in his place and this is the day of her death. Her demise is accompanied by much weeping and moaning. Heracles visits and, impressed by the hospitality he still receives from a house in mourning, petitions for a reversal of her fate.

I’m sure it’s a classic but it’s not an enjoyable read. Its importance to the history of literature is not equalled by its ability to entertain.

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