Il ritorno di Alcesti – Martina Treu – Stratagemmi 32
Alcesti: the Return
The story of Alcestis was staged by Euripides in 438 b.C. in a so-called ‘fourth drama’ which followed a lost trilogy. Since then, this ancient tale – the sacrifice of a wife for the sake of her husband, and her (presumed) comeback – has been rewritten and staged many times: the present study focuses on the most problematic features of this story, and on some of its recent adaptations.