Among surviving Greek tragedies only Euripides' Trojan Women shows us the extinction of a whole city, an entire people. Despite its grim theme, or more likely because of the centrality of that theme to the deepest fears of our own age, this is one of the relatively few Greek tragedies that regularly finds its way to the stage. Here the power of Euripides' theatrical and moral imagination speaks clearly across the twenty-five centuries that separate our world
from his. The theme is really a double one: the suffering of the victims of war, exemplified by the woman who survive the fall of Troy, and the degradation of the victors, shown by the Greeks' reckless and ultimately self-destructive behavior. It offers an enduring picture of human fortitude in the midst of
despair. Trojan Women gains special relevance, of course, in times of war. It presents a particularly intense account of human suffering and uncertainty, but one that is also rooted in considerations of power and policy, morality and expedience. Furthermore, the seductions of power and the dangers both of its exercise and of resistance to it as portrayed in Trojan Women are not simply philosophical or rhetorical gambits but part of the lived experience of Euripides' day. And
their analogues in our own day lie all too close at hand.
This new powerful translation of Trojan Women includes an illuminating introduction, explanatory notes, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 211 x 140 x 8 mm
Praise for the series:
"Enthusiastically recommended...produces a language that is easy to read and easy to speak. The translators' notes describe the linguistic twists and turns involved in rendering the text into a modern poetic language. * Library Journal [starred review] *
This elegant, self-assured translation brings the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series to a triumphant conclusion. The dialogue reads fluently and naturally, and the choral odes have a graceful lilt. The introduction not only provides historical context but also makes a persuasive case for the play's relevance to our own time. * Justina Gregory, Smith College *