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Euripides shocked his audiences by portraying their great heroes as cruel and cowardly. His drama The Trojan Women is one of the most powerful indictments of war ever written. In this new version Kennelly gives the play a twentieth century edge. Usually the Trojan women have been seen as passive victims at the whimsical mercy of their male conquerors, but Kennelly draws fr ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Bloodaxe Books (first published -450)
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Jean Menzies
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
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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
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Steve


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
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Evripidis Gousiaris
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. Σε μια πασίγνωστη ιστορία όπου συνδέεται με θάρρος, ανδρεία και ηρωικές φιγούρες, ο Ευριπίδης έρχεται και προσθέτει θρήνο, δάκρυ και μοιρολόι. Γυρνάει αριστουργηματικά το νόμισμα και σου δείχνει και τη
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Jenny
Apr 17, 2016 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
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Debbie Zapata
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
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
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Cemre
Medea okumaktan çok çok keyif aldığım bir oyundur; ama Medea haricinde hiç Euripides okumamıştım. 2016 yılının son ayına girmişken bu yıl başka Euripidesler de okuyayım istedim.

Medea kadar olmasa da Troyalı Kadınları da severek okudum.

Oyun, isminden de tahmin edilebileceği üzere "Truva/Troya Savaşı"ndan sonrasını anlatıyor. Savaştan sonra neredeyse tüm Troyalı erkekler ölmüş, geriye kalan kadınlar ve çocuklar ise birer tutsak olarak alınıyorlar. Bizler kitap boyunca o kadınların arasında bulun
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Claire
Mar 20, 2007 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
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David Sarkies
Apr 25, 2013 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
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Alex
Sep 25, 2013 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
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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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