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Euripides: Cyclops& Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama$
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Patrick O'Sullivan and C. Collard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781908343352

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781908343352.001.0001

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General Introduction to Euripides’ Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama

General Introduction to Euripides’ Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama

Chapter:
(p.1) General Introduction to Euripides’ Cyclops and Major Fragments of Greek Satyric Drama
Source:
Euripides
Author(s):
Patrick O’Sullivan, Christopher Collard
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781908343352.003.0001

This chapter introduces tragedy, comedy and satyr play as the three major dramatic artforms produced in the Greek world from the late sixth century BC onward. It focuses on Euripides' Cyclops, which retells the famous Homeric story of Odysseus' blinding of the man-eating, one-eyed monster named Polyphemus. It also explains how Cyclops survives as part of an alphabetical group of Euripidean plays in the Laurentian manuscript. The chapter discusses the bland dismissal of Cyclops as of little dramatic merit and as having no real place in a study of Euripides' dramatic art. It mentions Homer's Book 9 of Odyssey as the most important literary precedent to Cyclops.

Keywords:   tragedy, comedy, satyr, Greek world, Euripides, Cyclops, Laurentian manuscript

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