Euripides: Alcestis

In the 2004 film, Alexander, Alexander the Great addresses his army before the battle of Gaugamela – “I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: conquer your fear and I promise you, you will conquer death!” Conquering death is a feat that has fascinated mankind from time immemorial. Mankind has devised many ways to achieve this feat. Some cultures have advised that people can conquer death by performing heroic deeds and thereby achieve immortal fame. Other cultures have created resurrection myths, which narrate a hero’s victory over death and return to life. In this video, we will explore the resurrection myth of Alcestis, as presented by the Ancient Greek playwright Euripides. Continue reading