Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War

Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War


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These three ancient tragedies—Trojan Women, Helen, and Hecuba—dramatize the tragic fates of women in the wake of war. Euripides (480–406 BC) innovatively brought to Greek tragedy the inner lives of his characters. In these plays he delivers powerful portrayals of the suffering of both Greek and Trojan women as they become pawns and prizes of warring men.

Francis Blessington combines his work as a poet, translator, and teacher of literature and Greek with his theatrical experience to create fresh and faithful verse translations suitable for the stage, the classroom, or the general reader. The three plays are augmented by introductions, notes, and an appendix on elements of Greek tragedy. Blessington glosses historical and mythological terms, identifies Greek themes in the texts, offers literary interpretations, and suggests topics for discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299305246
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Francis Blessington is a professor of English at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the author of several books of poetry and scholarship and has published translations of Euripides' The Bacchae and Aristophanes' The Frogs.

Table of Contents

Euripides: “The Philosopher of the Stage”                
Principal Dates in the Life of Euripides                    
The Translations                    
Trojan Women                       
Suggestions for Further Reading                    
Biographical Note       

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