Euripides' Hippolytus in Gilbert Murray's translation in Oxford

Dear Colleagues,

Please find the details below for a production of one of Euripides'
most famous and influential tragedies, to be staged at New College Oxford
next month.

All best wishes
Lizzie Belcher

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Euripides' Hippolytus

In the Cloisters at New College, University of Oxford

(Full address: New College, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3BN)

Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th June 2008 at 7.45pm

Directed by David Raeburn, Lector in Classics at New College.
David has translated a number of tragic texts for the Oxford World's Classics
series, and recently published an acclaimed version of Ovid's Metamorphoses
for Penguin.

Performed in English, using the famous translation by Gilbert Murray. This
production celebrates the 100th anniversary of Murray's election to the Regius
Chair of Greek at the University of Oxford.

The production will feature Pre-Raphaelite costumes reflecting the way in
which classical subjects were portrayed in the late Victorian period.

Follow this link for more information:

www.new.ox.ac.uk

For tickets please email euripides.hippolytus@googlemail.com or buy on the
door.

Overview of the play:

Euripides’ great play, first performed in 428 BC, explores one of the byways
of human sexuality with the choices and mistakes that mortals can make under
the pressure of life’s disturbances. Theseus’ bastard son, Hippolytus,
dedicates himself exclusively to Artemis, the virgin goddess of hunting, and
abjures all sex. Aphrodite, the goddess who personifies Desire, is insulted
and takes her revenge by making the young man’s stepmother, Phaedra,
passionately in love with him. This sets in motion a chain of catastrophic
events, redeemed only by a capacity for forgiveness in humans which is lacking
in the gods.

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