The Tragedies of Euripides
|The Tragedies of Euripides|
Title page from The Tragedies of Euripides, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Published||London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall|
|Volumes||2 volume set|
|Desc.||4to (29 cm.)|
Euripides allegedly wrote 92 plays, 80 for which titles are known, and 19 of which are extant. Extreme emotions and unorthodox events are prevalent in Euripides’ writing, often shown through the use of the Chorus. His characters battle societal pressures, torturous situations, and inner conflicts, highlighting "his awareness that personality is inherently a fragmented thing, different aspects being displayed at different times." Toward the end of his life, Euripides' plays became less tragic, and the importance of the Chorus and the prevalence of songs decreased.
This collection of Euripides’ tragic plays is in two volumes containing all of his eighteen extant tragedies. The first volume includes The Bacchae, Ion, Alcestis, Medea, The Phoenician Virgins, Hippolytus, The Suppliants, Hercules, and The Heraclidae. The second includes Iphigenia in Aulis, Rhesus, The Trojan Dames (The Trojan Women), Hecuba, Helena, Electra, Orestes, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Andromache. The only extant work excluded is Cyclops, a satyr play.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Potter's Euripides. 2.v. 4to." This was one of the sets kept by Thomas Jefferson. He later sold a copy of "Euripides, Eng. by Potter" to the Library of Congress in 1815, but it no longer exists to verify Wythe's prior ownership. Both the Brown Bibliography and George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing include the London 1781-1783 edition based on E. Millicent Sowerby's inclusion of that edition in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary speckled calf with flat spines with red morocco lettering pieces. Purchased from Blackwell Rare Books.
- Euripidis Tragœdiæ Medea et Phœnissæ
- George Wythe Room
- Jefferson Inventory
- Illustrations of Euripides on the Alcestis
- Wythe's Library
- "Euri'pidēs" in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, ed. by M.C. Howatson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
- "Euripidēs" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, ed. by John Roberts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
- "Euri'pidēs” in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature.
- "Euripidēs" in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World.
- E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:532 [no.4530].
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
- LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed February 27, 2014.
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