Theater: Olympus on the Thames

THE GREEKS Adapted by John Barton and Kenneth Cavander Directed by John Barton

We always return to Greece because it fulfills some need of our own life . . . Other nations made gods, kings, spirits: the Greeks alone made men.

—Werner Jaeger, Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture

London's Royal Shakespeare Company has returned to the Greeks in a three-night marathon cycle often plays derived from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides (seven of the ten) and a dramatization by John Barton of a segment of Homer. The cycle is presented as a trilogy: "The War," "The...

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