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The Women of Troy

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,089 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
An industrial port of a war-torn city. Women survivors wait to be shipped abroad. Officials come and go. A grandmother, once Queen, watches as her remaining family are taken from her one by one. The city burns around them.

Euripides' great anti-war tragedy is published in Don Taylor's translation to coincide with the National Theatre's production directed by Katie Mitchell
Paperback, 80 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published -450)
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Jean Menzies
Mar 09, 2016 Jean Menzies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-war victims in ancient times). I could really picture the anguish and I would love to see this play performed on stage. It also has some interesting ancient commentary on war in general and the myth of th ...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 Women as the subjects of one of his greatest plays? Did he have a reason in presenting this controversial play to an Athenian audience?

Be patient with me, oh, Reader. Each question has an answer. No question

Greek hydria, ca 520–510 BCE; Achilles dragging the body of Hector behind his chariot while Hecuba mourns her son's death and the winged figure of Iris pleads for a ransom of Hector’s body.

Joint review of Euripides'
The Trojan Women and Jean-Paul Sartre's adaptation Les Troyennes

................... What shall the poet say,
what words will he inscribe upon your monument?
Here lies a little child the Argives killed, because
they were afraid of him. That? The epitaph of Greek shame.

In 415 BCE Euripide
Apr 16, 2016 Τζο rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μια σπαρακτική τραγωδία με κεντρικές ηρωίδες τις Τρωαδες γυναίκες που μετα την άλωση της Τροίας έγιναν σκλάβες απο τα νικητήρια στρατεύματα.

Είναι απο τις πιο στενάχωρες τραγωδίες που έχω διαβάσει. Ο πόνος των γυναίκων που έχουν χασει οτι αγαπουν, και τώρα πια χάνουν και την πατρίδα τους, είναι σοκαριστικα αληθινός. Εξαιρετικό.
Jun 29, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,τραγικές φιγούρες σε έναν πόλεμο που ούτε προκάλεσαν,ούτε επέλεξαν.Ο μονόλογος της Ανδρομάχης λίγο πριν πάρουν από την αγκαλιά της το γιο της για να τον σκοτώσουν σου σπαράζει την καρδιά,το ίδιο κι ο μονόλογ
Debbie Zapata
Nov 22, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg
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 prizes of war. Even King Priam's wife Hecuba, the mother of Paris, the man who started it all by bringing Helen to Troy. The play revolves around the women's confusion, their pain, their attempts to unde
Mar 13, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Claire by: Dana Burgess
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 comic playwright Aristophanes. But since I no longer have to, I won't.

I will say that I never took to the other two like I did to Euripides. He was the latest of the three, a product of an evolving socia
David Sarkies
Mar 08, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Greek theatre
Recommended to David by: Classics History Professor
Shelves: tragedy
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 exploring, particularly since these women have found themselves on the losing side of a war, which is generally always a bad thing. In the days of Ancient Greece, to be a woman on the losing side of a war p
Jan 02, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mamas whose children grow up to be cowboys
This is a review of the play itself, not this particular translation. I read Roche's translation, which is good but (as has been pointed out by absolutely everyone already) includes made-up stage directions that are somewhat distracting.

Trojan Women is an anti-war play, performed in 415 as Athens prepared to go to war with Sicily and in the wake of Athens' brutal conquest of the island of Melos. It takes place directly after the fall of Troy and stars the captured Trojan women, notably Priam's w
Mike Jensen
Aug 08, 2009 Mike Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is difficult to describe a play so rich in ideas and so deep in feeling. What came through to me this time was lament, lamenting the lives of the beloved dead, lamenting the fall of your state, lamenting the life you once had, and lamenting the life now forced upon you. I doubt that Euripides had feminist issues in mind when writing this work, but it is also interesting to read this with feminist ideas of power and powerlessness in my head. Each new reading brings new ways of understanding th ...more
A nice complement to The Iliad, that delves deeper into the feelings and emotions of the characters of Hecuba, Andromache, Helen and Menelaus. The reader gets a clear sense of the agony of the women who have lost their husbands, their home, their positons and their honour after the sacking of Troy. A short but enjoyable read!
Dec 28, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
In times of sorrow it is a comfort to lament,
To shed tears, and find music that will voice our grief.
In The Women of Troy, not much happens in terms of action or plot; Troy has fallen at the hands of the Greeks, and while the men have been killed, the women await their fate. They will become slaves, this much they know; it only remains to be seen with whom, and in what position, fate (i.e. the Greeks) will place them. Euripides wrote The Women of Troy in part to show his fellow citizens what
Jan 31, 2011 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It might be seen as a minor work of Euripides because its not much of story progress but i rated it highly. Unlike other Greek classic authors he dares to treat war,the women on the losing side of it in a realistic way. What happens to real humans of those days when the legendary battles,wars end, slavery or worse.

Aischylos,Sofocles,Homer for example makes war mostly to be about honor,heroism and other male values.
Apr 07, 2015 Keely rated it liked it
Shelves: greek-plays
3.5 stars. I really liked this play. The focus on the women left behind after their husbands were slaughtered and how they each coped with impending slavery or death was done well. Its quite alarming how a play written 2.5 thousand years ago can still be relevant today (in regards to the injustices women suffered and the cons of war).
Jan 16, 2015 Artemis rated it it was amazing
I've studied, reconstructed, and deconstructed 'The Women of Troy' to death at school for my drama course. It's one of the few reading materials at that time and place in my life that I actually liked. I've visualised the setting, took apart its themes, and imagined feeling the devastating emotions of the characters. I also saw it on stage in London with my class, which helps me to understand it better.

'The Women of Troy' is not a happy play. It is a Greek Tragedy to the core. And I love it.

We a
May 26, 2009 Núria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: antibelicistas
'Las Troyanas' de Eurípides empieza cuando ya todo ha acabado, cuando la guerra de Troya se ha perdido y las mujeres de Troya esperan que se las repartan los griegos para servirlos como esclavas. Me encanta que sean las mujeres las que hablen sobre el sufrimiento que repercute en ellas (y en todo un pueblo) por culpa de la guerra de los hombres. Me encanta que las protagonistas sean mujeres fuertes, que se quieren vengar o que valientemente aceptan su destino con resignación o que (eliminada ya ...more
poorvi cowkur
Aug 19, 2016 poorvi cowkur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
Its one thing to read about war and its aftermath in history books but something entirely different to witness it first hand.But voices like Euripides echoes through time and helps us get a glimpse into the tragedy of war and helps bring to life, with harrowing detail, its devastating effects.It's a classic Greek tragedy through and through and one that's sure to stick with me for a very long time.

sv: Trojanskorna - eng: The Trojan Women

3 stars -

I read this in Swedish but couldn't find the right edition. *sadface*

This play, The Trojan Women ends my "Ancient-Greek-tragedy-drama-weekend" or what to call it. Yesterday I read Prometheus Bound and the day before that Medea. The Trojan Women takes place after the Greek conquest of Troy. We get to hear from the women of Troy about all of the atrocities the Greeks have done to them, and about the horrible future awaiting them in the claws on
Jul 22, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This volume includes a very informative introduction, as well as notes, and glossary - all of which are very helpful, in both understanding the context within which the play was composed and the many references in the play to myths, gods, and so forth. The play did not win first prize at the annual theatrical competition held in Athens (perhaps similar to our era's Oscars) although it took second prize; this isn't surprising since it conveys a nearly 100% negative image of the "heroic" Achaeans ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Bailee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-mythology
Qutaiba Ara
Aug 06, 2015 Qutaiba Ara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لربما أن هذه المسرحية هي أكثر ما أثرت فيّ من بين المسرحيات القليلة الأخرى التي قرأتها. ولعلّ هذا يأتي من موقفي كإنسان خسر ولايزال يخسر وطنه في طليعة كل صباح تأتي.

ولاشك أن "هيكابي" و "أندروماخي" قد نطقتا بلسان حالي وحال كثير من السوريين. وعلى الرغم من أن فاجعة طروداة قد حدثت منذ أكثر من 2500 سنة. إلا أنّ تلك الآهات والويلات لم تنفك تنعي آلالافاً من المدن كطروادة. ولعلّ الشيء الأصدق والأكثر تراجيدياً هو موت الأمل والحلم في العودة الذي تجسّد بموت الطفل الأمير "أستياناكس" ابن هيكتور و أندروماخي.
Oct 14, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
The Trojan Women is a very female-based play, which is definitely welcome, considering that a lot of other dramas from this time are all about the guys and the heroism that came from war. Looking at war from a female point of view presents a much more negative standpoint on the usually-praised art of war. While this play is not really action-based, a lot of the dialogue from various female characters, including Cassandra and Helen, reveal some important historical facts about conquest.

The most i
Caroline Beatle
Jun 05, 2014 Caroline Beatle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grecia, 2014
Justo cuando creo que no puedo amar más a Eurípides sucede esto
Las troyanas es un desgarrador retrato no sólo del destino de los vencidos, sino también del de los vencedores que puede ser casi igual de amargo (o, quizá, incluso más). Si consideramos que esta tragedia fue escrita durante la Guerra del Peloponeso creo que podemos hacernos una idea bastante aproximada de lo terrible de la situación en Atenas (btw, las porras que le echaba Eurípides a la ciudad mediante algunos personajes fue lo má
Maan Kawas
Sep 16, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and very touching tragedy by the great Ancient Greek playwright Euripides that is centered on war and its devastating impacts. The play shows the harms and casualties war can bring about, either to people or cities. The plays shows how one party was the winner of the war (the Achaeans) and thus receive the spoils and rewards for their victory - including the Trojan women - which contributes to their valued Kleos (glory). On the other, we see the destroyed city of Troy, the huge numbe ...more
Apr 19, 2007 علی rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedies
تراژدی زندگی زنان تروا پس از فتح شهر توسط یونانیان فاتح است. آنها شوهران و فرزندان و زندگی و شهر خود را از دست داده اند و اینک هر کدام به بردگی همراه یک سردار یونانی از تروای سوخته به یونان برده می شوند. کاساندرا، بزرگ ترین دختر پادشاه پریام (شاه تروا)، ملکه هکوب همسر پریام، و... سوای سوگ از دست دادن عزیزان، خانواده و شهرشان، اینک اندوهشان در موقعیت بردگی، دو چندان است.

اوری پید (480 تا 406 پیش از میلاد) در میان سه تراژدی نویس مشهور یونان، جوان ترین آنهاست. او حدود نود و پنج تراژدی و کمدی نوشته
Melissa Jacobson
Actual Rating 4.5

This was a required reading for one of my history classes but that didn't stop me from enjoying this brilliant piece of tragedy. Trojan Women is such a melodramatic and masterfully written play. I'm not giving it higher though simply because I didn't feel an emotional attachment to the story. I understand why it is such a brilliant and important piece of theater but that doesn't mean I have to fall in love with the piece. I am glad I read it and I highly recommend it!!
Apr 12, 2012 Havanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: To sum this up, in the words of my classics teacher, loads of women moan and lament (view spoiler)

Least favourite aspect: Maybe my least favourite thing about it was my translation which was rather difficult to read but one can hardly blame that upon the play itself!

Favourite aspects: Although this play is rather morbid, after all it is tragedy, it's quite interesting to discover more about the individual women who were left behind as well as looking
We read this in class last year. It's hilarious at some parts but mostly annoying because we had to read it out loud. :/
Rob Roy
This play brings up the dark side of ancient warfare. It is about the fate of the high born Trojan women. Basically they are spoils of war, becoming slaves of the Achaean elite. Daughters and mothers separated, all to serve the whims of the men who slew their fathers and husbands. This is a grim play, but one which brings to the fore, the evil of war and its aftermath. It also puts on display a society where women are chattel. We tout Ancient Greece as an example, but here we see, that it is not ...more
Omar BaRass
في نقطة يناقشها يوربيديس في مسرحيته حيث يقولها على لسان كساندرا ابنة بريام وهيكابي.
كساندرا نذرت نفسها وعفتها في خدمة الإله أبوللو، وتقول الأساطير أن أبوللو قد هام بحبها لكنها لم تبادله الحب، فعاقبها بأن أعطاها القدرة بالتنبؤ بالمستقبل لكن لا يصدقها أحد. فهي قد تنبأت بما سيجلبه باريس من دمار لطروادة. وتنبأت كذلك بخطر الحصان الخشبي ولم يصدقوها. وهي في الطرواديات تتنبأ كذلك بدمار بيت أتريوس بعد أن أخذها كسبية!
من مقتل أجاممنون على يد كليمنتسرا إلى مقتلها هي الأخرى على يد أوريستيس ومن ثم مطاردة الإير
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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“Soon all of you immortals
Will be as dead as we are!
Come on then, what are you waiting for?
Have you run out of thunderbolts?”
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