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The Trojan Women

Euripides

Book Overview: 

Euripides' play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. However, it begins first with the gods Athena and Poseidon discussing ways to punish the Greek armies because they condoned Ajax the Lesser for dragging Cassandra away from Athena's temple. What follows shows how much the Trojan women have suffered as their grief is compounded when the Greeks dole out additional deaths and divide their shares of women.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And the dead leave thee wailing!

[One of the huts on the left is now open, and the rest of the Chorus come out severally. Their number eventually amounts to fifteen.

Fourth Woman.

[Antistrophe 1.

Out of the tent of the Greek king I steal, my Queen, with trembling breath: What means thy call? Not death; not death! They would not slay so low a thing! Fifth Woman. O, 'tis the ship-folk crying To deck the galleys: and we part, we part! Hecuba. Nay, daughter: take the morning to thine heart. Fifth Woman. My heart with dread is dying! Sixth Woman. An herald from the Greek hath come! Fifth Woman. How have they cast me, and to whom A bondmaid? Hecuba. Peace, child: wait thy doom. Our lots are near the trying.

[Pg 21]

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Community Reviews

A timely warning to the Athenian elite
26 April 2013

I liked one of the short descriptions of this play: a bunch of women wailing and moaning about the significant turn in their life. While that statement may sum this play up, I do not actually think at it gets to the core of what Euripides is exp...more

As a theater major, I've spent an enormous chunk of my life reading and analyzing classical drama. There was a time when I could have broken down for you in great detail the stylistic differences between the three great Greek dramatists (Aeschylus, Sophocles & Euripides) and the great Greek c...more

Farewell, O city prosperous once! farewell, ye ramparts of hewn stone! had not Pallas, daughter of Zeus, decreed thy ruin, thou wert standing firmly still.

Hecuba

Lift thy head, unhappy lady, from the ground; thy neck upraise; this is Troy no more, no longer am I queen in Ilium.

Cassandra

O mot...more

After successfully resisting a ten year siege, Troy has fallen, thanks to the Greeks' final dirty trick. The Trojan men have all been killed. The women and children are being carried off to become prostitutes and slaves. Hecuba, who yesterday was the queen of this beautiful city, looks at the smo...more

"Aguenta a mudança de fortuna!
Ruma por onde puderes passar, ruma de acordo com a sorte,
não voltes a proa do barco da vida
contra as vagas, quando navegas ao sopro do destino."

Depois de Tróia tomada pelos Aqueus, os homens são mortos; as crianças atiradas das muralhas; as mulheres levadas cativas n...more

Έχουμε ακούσει την λέξη "τραγωδία" και "δράμα" τόσες πολλές φορές στην ζωή μας, κυρίως στον προφορικό λόγο προκειμένου να υπερβάλουμε για μια κατάσταση, που έχουμε σχεδόν παρερμηνεύσει και ξεχάσει την βαρύτητα της λέξης.
ΤΡΑΓΩΔΙΑ και ΔΡΑΜΑ λοιπόν το παρόν βιβλίο με την κανονική σημασία των λέξεων...more

Ο Ευριπίδης παρουσιάζει τη φρικαλεότητα του πολέμου σ'ένα έργο που,δυστυχώς,διαβάζεται ακόμη και σήμερα με τον ίδιο πόνο.Δεν μπορεί να μη σκεφτεί κανείς τους συνανθρώπους μας που βρίσκονται στη θέση των ηρωίδων-χωρίς σπίτι,χωρίς οικογένεια,χωρίς πατρίδα.

Ο πόνος των γυναικών γίνεται δικός μας,τραγ...more

I found this play to possibly be the Greek tragedy that has evoked the most emotion from me to date. I enjoy Euripides critical, ironic style and how he plays with different versions of Greek myths and this play is no different. It was very hard hitting and dealt with some dark themes (the post-w...more

The Trojan Women: Euripides' Warning on the Futility of War

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.-Edmund Burke

What does a play presented in 415 BC possibly have to say to us today? Why read it?

Why would Euripides, a Greek dramatist, choose The Trojan Wome...more

Wow. This play was stunning. I have so many things I would like to say and yet none of my words or even my thoughts feel sufficient.

The Trojan War is over. The women of the city are waiting to hear which of the Greek warriors will be each one's new master, for they are all going into slavery as...more

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