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Amphitryon   By: (1622-1673)

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Amphitryon by Unknown is a remarkable piece of literature that captivated me from start to finish. This intriguing tale takes the readers on a journey filled with love, mistaken identities, and humorous chaos.

The story revolves around the central character Amphitryon, a Theban general known for his bravery and intelligence. Everything seems to be going well for Amphitryon until his wife, Alcmene, becomes entangled in a mix-up of identities. The gods play a significant role in this story as they create confusion and mischief, resulting in a series of comical misunderstandings.

The author's writing style is engaging and captures the essence of ancient Greek literature flawlessly. Each scene is intricately described, transporting the readers into the world of Amphitryon. The characters are multi-dimensional and come alive through their vivid dialogues and actions. The chemistry between the characters, especially Amphitryon and Alcmene, adds depth and emotion to the narrative.

What sets Amphitryon apart is the masterful blend of comedy and tragedy. Moments of hilarity are skillfully interspersed with poignant and thought-provoking scenes, creating a perfect balance of emotions. The dialogue is witty and laced with subtle humor, often leading to amusing misunderstandings that keep the readers entertained throughout.

While the author remains unknown, their storytelling skills are commendable. The concise yet detailed descriptions, well-paced plot, and interesting character dynamics make this ancient Greek play a true gem. It is evident that the story has stood the test of time, as it continues to resonate with readers even after centuries.

The only downside of Amphitryon is the occasional complexity of the plot. Some readers may find it challenging to keep up with the rapid twists and turns, especially if they are not familiar with Greek mythology. However, the overall enjoyment of the story surpasses any minor confusion that may arise.

Overall, Amphitryon by Unknown is a delightful read for anyone interested in Greek literature, comedy, or mythology. Its timeless appeal and engaging narrative make it a must-read for those looking to immerse themselves in a world of ancient gods, love affairs, and humorous chaos.

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A play

By Moliere

Translated by A.R. Waller

Amphitryon was played for the first time in Paris, at the Theatre du Palais Royal, January 13, 1668. It was successfully received, holding the boards until the 18th of March, when Easter intervened. After the re opening of the theatre, it was played half a dozen times more the same year, and continued to please.

The first edition was published in 1668.

Note: It is perhaps hardly necessary to refer the reader to Amphitryon, by Plautus, the comedy upon which Moliere's charming play was, in the main, based. The rendering attempted here can give but a faint reflection of the original, for hardly any comedy of Moliere's loses more in the process of translation.



MERCURY, on a cloud; NIGHT, in a chariot drawn by two horses

MERC. Wait! Gentle Night; deign to stay awhile: Some help is needed from you. I have two words to say to you from Jupiter.

NIGHT. Ah! Ah! It is you, Seigneur Mercury! Who would have thought of you here, in that position?

MERC. Well, feeling tired, and not being able to fulfil the different duties Jupiter ordered me, I quietly sat down on this cloud to await your coming.

NIGHT. You jest, Mercury: you do not mean it; does it become the Gods to say they are tired?

MERC... Continue reading book >>

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