The Trojan Women
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554814497 / 1554814499
  • 150 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Trojan Women

  • Publication Date: May 31, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781554814497 / 1554814499
  • 150 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Trojan Women tells the story of the survivors of the Trojan War, the women and children taken into slavery by the victorious Greek army. Through the tragedy’s central character, the matriarch Hecuba, this late play (415 BCE) demonstrates Euripides’ commitment to speaking on behalf of the less powerful and offers a scathing critique of Athenian behavior as the city fought its own disastrous war with its southern neighbor, Sparta. Trojan Women features well-known characters from Greek mythology, including the prophetess Cassandra, the gods Athena and Poseidon, and most notably, the infamous Helen, the cause of the war, who must defend herself to the husband she abandoned.

This new translation features a text committed to accuracy and clarity, one developed in collaboration with actors for clear reading and performance. Appendices provide other important literary treatment of the women in the play, from Homer to Shakespeare.

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Hecuba

  • 1. From Euripides, Hecuba
  • 2. From Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • 3. From William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Appendix B: Cassandra

  • 1. From Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • 2. From Seneca, Agamemnon

Appendix C: Andromache

  • 1. From Homer, Iliad
  • 2. From Euripides, Andromache

Appendix D: Helen

  • 1. Lyric Poets
    • a. Sappho, Fragment 16
    • b. Alcaeus, Fragment 283
    • c. Alcaeus, Fragment 42
  • 2. From Gorgias of Leontini, Encomium of Helen
  • 3. From Euripides, Helen
  • 4. From Joseph of Exeter, Trojan War

Paul D. Streufert is Associate Professor of Literature & Languages and Executive Director of the Honors Program, University of Texas at Tyler.