Heracles

Wyles, Rosie (2015) Heracles. In: Lauriola, Rosanna and Demetriou, Kyriakos, eds. Brill's Companion to the Reception of Euripides. Brill, pp. 561-583. ISBN 9789004249370. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Euriphides' Heracles, first produced ca.415 BC, explores themes of violence and heriosm, family and nostos ("homecoming"), madness, identity, divine influence and the redemptive quality of philia ("friendship"). In this tragedy, Heracles' wife, Megara, together with his sons and his father, Amphitryon, are threatened with death by the tyrant Lycus. Heracles arrives back from the completion of his Labours, just in time to save them fand kill Lycus. In a dramatic turn of events, however, Iris and Lyssa (personification of Madness) appear and follow Hera's orders to send Heracles mad. He kills his wife and children, but with the support of his friend Theseus finds a way to continue to live. The challenging nature of the play's themes has imprinted itself on the pattern of its reception over the ages: it has, "always surfaced in historically charged periods" and despite infrequent staging has "had an undeniable impact on the history of ideas". For this reason Euripides' Heracles holds a distinctive place within the story of the widespread popularity and reception, from antiquity to the present day, of Heracles as a mythological character in general.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Jacqui Martlew
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 12:22 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 09:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Wyles, Rosie: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5666-7416
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