Trailer ↠´ The Trojan Women and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) PDF by Ê Euripides This Volume Of Euripides Plays Offers New Translations Of The Three Great War Plays The Trojan Women, Hecuba And Andromache, In Which The Sufferings Of Troy S Survivors Are Harrowingly Depicted With Unparalleled Intensity, Euripides, Whom Aristotle Called The Most Tragic Of Poets, Describes The Horrific Brutality That Both Women And Children Undergo During War Yet, In The War S Aftermath, This Brutality Is Challenged And A New Battleground Is Revealed Where The Women Of Troy Evince An Overwhelming Greatness Of SpiritWe Weep For The Aged Hecuba In Her Name Play And In Trojan Women, While At The Same Time We Admire Her Resilience Amid Unrelieved Suffering Andromache, The Slave Concubine Of Her Husband S Killer, Endures Her Existence In The Victor S Country With A Stoic Nobility Of Their Time Yet Timeless, These Plays Insist On The Victory Of The Female Spirit Amid The Horrors Visited On Them By The Gods And Men During War I hadn t read any Euripides since a college classics course Of the three major Greek dramatists, I never really liked Aeschylus and didn t read too much Euripides Everyone focused on Sophocles, who was very good But, having read this recent translation, Euripides has rocketed up into first place among these three even though he won the fewest competitions when he was alive.
If I had to list these plays in order of my favorites, it would be Andromache, then Hecuba, then closely followed by The Trojan Women In the Trojan Women, I loved Hecuba s retort to Helen s unwillingness to accept any blame for the destruction of Troy, when in reference to the Judgement of Paris, Hecuba says, After all, why should the goddess Hera have conceived so great a desire to be beautiful Was it so that she could win a better husband than Zeus Was Athena in eager pursuit of a match with one of the gods But she shunned marriage and asked her father to let her stay a virgin Don t try to give respectability to your crime by making the goddesses out to be fools p 65, lines 975 981 As a footnote mentions, contemporary belief in the judgement of Paris is not questioned, but the rationalizing of myth for the sake of argument is thoroughly Euripidean p 142.
In Andromache, there are many excellent lines were Andromache and Peleus put Hermione and Menelaus in their places Andromache says to Hermione, in reference to her mother Helen, Do not try to outdo your mother, lady, in the love of men All sensible children should steer clear of the ways of bad mothers p 82, lines 229 231 Peleus chews out Menelaus several times, partly reflecting the real world fact that Athens was at war with Sparta when Euripides produced this particular play.
The pathos of these plays, the stories, the characters, all spoke out loudly across the ages While certainly having political as well as dramatic significance when they were first produced, these plays still resonate today with issues of war, violence, inner strength, and ego I thoroughly recommend them.
Uni read Of the three plays, I d say Andromache was my favorite Very good plays fulfills the reader s audience s craving for tragedy, but also introduces the power and manipulation of women.
Hecuba and The Trojan Women were excellent reflections on the end of the Trojan war from two different perspectives, but from the same character Hecuba.
I had the pleasure of seeing a performance of The Trojan Women at the ancient Odeon built in the second century AD in July 2017 The play was slightly modernised, but still very much Euripides Trojan Women is a very powerful play about the aftermath of the Trojan War, or to put it precisely what happened to Hecuba formerly queen of Tory , Cassandra her daughter , Andromache daughter in law of Hecuba and Helena wife of Menelaos It is a timeless play You might even call it an anti war play, yet insisting on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.
Cassandra, on being dragged away to Agamemnon Do not cry for me, mother I shall come among the dead as a victor I shall have laid waste the house of the sons of Atreus, the men who destroyed us.
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Ever see those newsreels of the last days for U.
S forces in Vietnam Evacuating some of the local citizens who had helped us, but, without enough room for them all, leaving some behind to fend for themselves at the hands of the Viet Cong Horrible stuff That s what The Trojan Women reminded me of all the last horrible details at the end of a war, seen from the losing side Hecuba, queen of Troy, suddenly widowed, now facing a life of slavery to the Greeks and the unpleasant futures of her children she stands vividly depicted here, every inch a queen, every bit a woman, and thoroughly tragic and too intelligent to let the audience avoid even one little bit of the grim and grisly aspects her fate Sounds rough, and it is, but also so bright with truthful characterizations and conflicts that it is still an excellent read That Euripides was able to have this play performed at one of the Athens festivals just before the city state was committing to a terribly misjudged assault on Sicily is remarkable Also remarkable is that this play was written over 2,400 years ago and is still convincing and gripping Customs have changed a little , but people have not.
Ten years ten times the seed was sown before Troy fell,perished beneath Greek spears A desert now where homes were Blood drips down from the holy shrines While to the Greek ships pass the Trojan treasure, gold, gold in masses, armour, clothing stripped from the dead Oh fools The men who lay a city waste, so soon to die themselves After typing the above ,I KNOW that once finished, I will be unable to restrain myself from going right back to the start and reading it ALL again.
A play without a plot, a play of portraits of defeat, of unbearable grief, pride, and the utter madness of war And THIS was written in 416BC Oh fools indeed.
In that long ago time a man saw with perfect clarity what war was, and wrote what he saw in a play of surpassing power.
And rubs his audience s nose in it even by presenting their legendary foes as wholly sympathetic The play first came to my notice in 1972 as a film by the Greek director, Michael Cacoyannis famous for his Zorba the Greek with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates Mikis Theodorakis wrote the music for both of these films As well, The Trojan Women starred Kath Hepburn,Vanessa Redgrave,Genevieve Bujold and Irene Papas Splendid acting naturally A heart rending anti war statement by Euripides, he wrote it in 416BC to hold a mirror up to his fellow Athenians, who had recently slaughtered the male population of the island of Melos ,and sold into slavery its women and children, all Greeks, for wishing to remain neutral in the war against Sparta, their neighbours.
Pacifists have never been popular And 24 hundred years later the mirror is as clear and as accusing The horror of the situation of the surviving women is offset by the beauty of the poetry of their despair and griefand courage The play consists of three main episodes each centering on the fate of one of the captives and all linked by the presence of the central character of Hecuba the Queen She witnesses the fates of Cassandra, her daughter Andromanche, wife of her slain son Hector, and their small boy, Astyanax and Helen, the cause of the destruction of their city The play is being presently shown in Sydney and Astyanax is being played by Nicholas,grandson of my Greek barber Chris and son of his daughter a teaching colleague So I have gone back to the text so I can enjoy the play Really, ANY excuse will do Only forty or so pages and you ll never regret it