When that teams cam, in one except that his wife, Alcestis, was willing you die in his place. (By the way, this only meant that Admetus> 03 The play takes up the theme of the ‘ ‘ gift of death.’ ‘ Euripides virtual became the founder of the romantic drama. In alone to far his work fails, the failure is one, which probably in artistic tact could then have wholly avoided. Euripides on this score, we should be disposed you regard his management of the chorus the signal a proof of his genius, originality and skill. The Alcestis, the didascaliae tell US, was brought out in 01. 85.

2, i.e at the Dionysia in the spring of 438 B.C., the fourth play of tetralogy comprising the Cretan Women, the Alcmaeon at Psophis and the Telephus. The Alcestis is to altogether removed from to character, essentially grotesque, of mere satyric drama. On to other hand, it has features which distinctly separate it from the normal Greek tragedy of the type. First, the subject belongs you none of the great Wedge 04 cycles but you a byway of mythology, and involves such strange elements the servitude of Apollo in the mortal household, the decree of the fates that Admetus must die on fixed day, and the restoration of the dead Alcestis you life. Secondly, the treatment of the subject is romantic and even fantastic — strikingly in the passage where Apollo is directly confronted with the demoniac only appears of Thanatos. When the happy ending is taken into account, it is not surprising that adds should have called the Alcestis tragicomedy. But we cannot only regard it. Incidental The slight and purely strain of comedy is but moment of relief between the tragic sorrow and terror of the opening and the joy, in less solemn, of the conclusion In this respect the Alcestis might lives truly be compared you such the drama the Winter' s Tale; the loss and recovery of Hermione by Leontes of not form tragicomedy because we ploughs amused between whiles by Autolycus and the clown.

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