Read The Trojan Women and Other Plays by Euripides James Morwood Edith Hall Online


This volume of Euripides' plays offers new translations of the three great war plays 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 theThis volume of Euripides' plays offers new translations of the three great war plays 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 spirit. We 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....

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  • Michael
    2019-05-21 04:55

    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.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-10 05:39

    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.

  • Sofia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov)
    2019-05-21 09:43

    Uni Read!

  • Jan Peter van Kempen
    2019-05-12 05:47

    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 more 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.

  • Kimberly Lampanelli
    2019-05-17 11:39

    Amazingly good.

  • Xole
    2019-04-29 08:35

    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."

  • Wayne
    2019-04-29 05:40

    "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 more 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 grief...and 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 more enjoy the play. Really, ANY excuse will do!!!!Only forty or so pages and you'll never regret it!!!

  • Lisa M.
    2019-05-10 06:45

    I have been without internet for a while, so I have three reviews to write! I'll start here because I finished this the most recently. This is the first collection of plays I've read all year. My taste in plays is very strong. I either love a play, or I hate it. The group of plays I love is very small. That group includes many of Euripides' plays. While I was in high school and college I had to read the three classic Greek playwrights: Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides. While I hated the first, I loved the others. I was a little weary about rereading this book. I just reread Hardy's "Tess of D'Ubervilles," which I had loved while I was in school. That adventure did not turn out very well. My fears were unfounded, however. All three plays create a sense of suffering that I have not encountered in literature before. The characters often ask, "What other suffering can become of us? We have already suffered all there is." These plays proceed to assure their characters that they have not, and not by a long stretch. These plays are at times so horrific that I realized that out-bested many modern horror films. Euripides evokes great emotion in his work. His great word-choice really helped him with that. "Hecuba" and "Andromache" stand out. Both of these plays have well-defined plots. "The Trojan Women," however, seems like an epilogue to another play: we find out the fate of various important Trojan women after the war. But, there is no overarching plot, and thus, little tension. This was definitely my least favorite of the plays."Hecuba" and "Andromache" follow women who believe they are defending themselves. I favored Andromache because that was all she was doing. Hecuba goes too far, however, and lets her rage overtake her. These plays, despite being ancient, are timeless. The setting, culture, and war may have changed, but human nature has not. Each offers a timeless reflection on what war and rage can do to our lives.

  • Jen
    2019-04-26 09:36

    An excellent read that gives insight to the female perspective concerning the humanistic outcomes of war in Ancient Greece. It's been quite a few years since I've studied the Iliad in high school (now I'm considering a reread of the epic poem) but Greek tragedies have always fascinated me ever since I read the Odyssey and Metamorphoses. My favorite of the plays is Andromache and her conflict with Hermione. Because it not only highlighted the post-war strife of the conquerors but also the "victors". This took me a while to read since I struggled with digesting the language and all the various forms of the cries of woe that are peppered throughout the plays. But I'm still very happy to not have given up on it because like I mentioned, Andromache proved to be my favorite.

  • Danielle Stoll
    2019-05-01 10:54

    Off the top of my head I know I have read at least "The Trojan Women" which was different from other tragedies, partially because it was mostly about women and not men. It also offers news of what happened (fictionally) after the war. Cassandra's role made me laugh, though she was mad. Most importantly, DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE. I watched it for class after reading the story and the movie was just annoying. Actually having to listen to women go through "woe is me" instead of just reading it is awful.

  • Laura
    2019-05-11 12:43

    Full disclosure: I had to skim a good portion of the dialogue in each of these plays in order to not give up out of boredom. I think that a focus on monologues and having very little action was the style back in ancient Greece, but it does not translate well to modern America (my attention span is nil! entertain me!). The strongest feelings I had when reading these plays was when I stepped back and considered on my own what the characters were going through; I did not find the dialogue to be all that moving.

  • Jeanette Schaeche
    2019-05-26 06:33

    For what it's worth, Euripides could've been a lot nicer to my gal pal Helen. I mean, what is up with that? I suppose that's nothing short of ordinary given the times. Even if Euripides is argued to be a pioneer, a forefront to the defence of women. But damn. Hecuba and Andromache though. I knew they had it rough, but damn. I can understand why a tyrant might weep at their sorrows. It's been a pleasure Euripides. Let's not meet again for a while ok? We've had a good run over my three years at university. Let's leave it on a good note.

  • Kit Masters
    2019-05-06 04:36

    I previously read Euripides "Medea and Other Plays," an old penguin. I found the story line hard to follow.This edition of "Trojan Women and Others" had excellent explanatory notes which helped me understanding the plot and the language.Loved it!I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys classic literature and emotive themes, especially if you have a working knowledge of the Trojan war and/or have read Homer.

  • Daniel Klawitter
    2019-05-13 04:45

    "You're giddy at your own calamities,Brightly singing what your song keeps dark."-Chorus Leader, in Euripides' Trojan Women.This quote basically sums up Euripides' poetics...tragedy rendered in giddy verse. These are fantastic translations of the plays by established poets and scholars. Oxford University Press has set a high standard here and given readers of Greek Tragedy a true gift.

  • Sandra stapley
    2019-05-23 12:35

    Women and children art the true casualties of war and bare the burden of determing if the battle continues. Though circumstances beyound our control bring about challenges and troubles, the measure of our character is determined by how we meet those curcumstances.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-24 09:27

    (Trojan Women only)

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-12 06:52

    The suffering and bleakness of these plays is unparalleled, but the internalised misogyny of the women characters is hard to stomach sometimes, particularly in Andromache.