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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

Many years ago when I was young, I watched the movie version of The Trojan Women (1971). All I understood at the time was that Hecuba stayed strong enough to help the other Trojan women and that Helen was alluring enough to send men to war and to send women into despair and to their destruction....more

Probably the most powerful of the Ancient Greek plays I've read so far. If I ever get a chance to try myself in theatre, I would love to direct this.

By showing us a concatenation of diverse tragedies that happen simultaneously to several women and that are due to war, and not to a specific cause of direct divine origin, this work of Euripides acquires a heartrending force and a great realistic vigor that makes it closer to the current reader...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

“È pazzo l'uomo che si rallegra pensando che gli andrà sempre bene: la fortuna con i suoi ghiribizzi è come un individuo capriccioso, salta di qua e di là †: e nessuno ne gode in perpetuo i favori” .
Rileggo questo testo di Euripide per prepararmi alle rappresentazioni del teatro di Siracusa di...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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