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The Reception and Performance of Euripides' HeraklesReasoning Madness$
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Kathleen Riley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534487.001.0001

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The Browning version: Aristophanes' Apology and ‘the perfect piece’

The Browning version: Aristophanes' Apology and ‘the perfect piece’

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The Reception and Performance of Euripides' Herakles

Kathleen Riley

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks in detail at Robert Browning's poem Aristophanes' Apology (1875) and his transcription, within this, of Euripides' Herakles. Browning applies himself at length to the whole issue of Euripidean reception, both ancient and modern, and, as the coup de grâce in his defence of the playwright, he translates Herakles faithfully and in full. The play is deemed by Browning ‘the consummate Tragedy’ and ‘the perfect piece’ by which to ‘test true godship’. The chapter considers Browning's version of Herakles in relation to his very different translations of Alkestis and Agamemnon, and in terms of the Victorian translation debate.

Keywords:   Browning, Aristophanes' Apology, transcription, Euripides, Herakles, Alkestis, Agamemnon, Victorian

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