The Lack of Hamartia in Euripides’s Heracles

Euripides's much overlooked play, Heracles, begins in a familiar way, and ends in an unexpectedly gruesome fashion. It tells the tale of Heracles's family - his wife Megara, his children, and his father Amphityron - as they are imprisoned by the tyrant, Lycus, who has unlawfully claimed the throne of Thebes. Heracles is away, completing his … Continue reading The Lack of Hamartia in Euripides’s Heracles

Sabotage

Sabotage Director: Alfred Hitchcock (1936) In later years, Alfred Hitchcock, when interviewed by Francois Truffaut, admitted regret for the film Sabotage and its downfalls. While it is not necessarily a major achievement, Sabotage is nevertheless an excellent thriller filled with all the genius and markings of an early Hitchcock piece. Today, it is still featured on lists among the … Continue reading Sabotage

Euripides’s Opinion of Odysseus: The Cyclops Considered

We moderns know relatively little about the true meaning of an ancient satyr play, however in Euripides's Cyclops we gain a humorous glimpse into the Bacchic drunkenness and unrepentant sexuality that is essential to the satyr play. In fifth century Athens, a satyr play was the fourth and final part of a tetra-logy of plays, the … Continue reading Euripides’s Opinion of Odysseus: The Cyclops Considered

The Shining

The Shining (1980) Director: Stanley Kubrick Notably entirely different from the Stephen King novel (1977), and despised by the original author, Kubrick's The Shining is one of the greatest cinematic horror achievements. It explores classic horror tropes, without exploiting them, and delivers a dizzying The title of the film was inspired by the song off John Lennon's … Continue reading The Shining

Tragedy and Patriotism in Euripides’s Heracleidae

Euripides's Heracleidae is as much a play about the nobility of Athenian patriotism, as it is a warning to a city at war. It was most likely written during the Peloponnesian War, perhaps between 430 B.C. and 429 B.C. Thucydides writes of an occasion in which five members of the Peloponnesian League were seized by allies … Continue reading Tragedy and Patriotism in Euripides’s Heracleidae