Illustrations of Euripides on the Alcestis

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by Richard P. Jodrell

Illustrations of Euripides on the Alcestis
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Richard P. Jodrell
Published London: Printed by J. Nichols; sold by B. White and Son, Leigh and Sotheby, R. Faulder
Date 1789
Volumes volume set

Richard Paul Jodrell (1745-1831) was the son of Paul Jodrell, of St. Andrew’s parish, Holborn.[1] He attended Eton College where he published his early verses in the Musae Etonenses, and graduated with much distinction.[2] Later, he matriculated from Hertford College, Oxford, and in 1771 was called to the bar.[3] However, Jodrell pursued a literary rather than a legal career.[4]

His early works include contributions to the supplementary notes to Robert Potter’s edition of Aeschylus, and two volumes of commentaries on three plays by Euripides.[5] Additionally, he wrote a series of plays titled A Widow and No Widow, Seeing is Believing, and The Persian Heroine that enjoyed mixed fortunes.[6] In 1787 he published anonymously a collection of farces and comedies that had been performed in provincial or private theaters.[7]

In 1790 Jodrell was elected to Parliament. He was unseated on a petition, but regained his seat in 1792 and held it until 1796. During the last ten years of his life he suffered from mental illness and died in Portland Place, London, on January 26, 1831.[8]

Illustrations of Euripides on the Alcestis is one of Jodrell’s three commentaries on the Greek playwright in which he interprets the tragedy as an illustration of "conjugal love and sacrifice."[9] In addition to the Alcestis, Jodrell also published Illustrations of Euripides on the Ion and on the Bacchae.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the 1806 Jefferson Inventory of books inherited from Wythe as "Joddrell's [sic] illustrations of Euripides. 8vo."

See also


  1. Gordon Goodwin, "Jodrell, Richard Paul (1745-1831)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Richard Paul Jodrell, Illustrations of Euripides on the Alcestis (London: J. Nichols, 1789), 3.

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