Monday, July 25, 2016


Euripides' Worst Play

Seth Benardete (1930-2001), Encounters and Reflections: Conversations with Seth Benardete, ed. Ronna Burger (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), p. 59:
Ronna: Do you remember what you talked about with Bowra when you met him that day?

Seth: He was very amusing, as he was supposed to be. I do remember a funny story he told me about Beazley. He once met Beazley on the path of one of the colleges, and Beazley asked him what he had been reading. He had just finished Euripides' Hecuba, and he thought this was the very worst play of Euripides he had ever read. And Beazley said, "Whichever play of Euripides you read the last, you always think that's the worst."
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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