Trojan Women

Euripides (c.480–c.406 BC), translated by Theodoridis, G., (contributor-contact-email)

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Euripides’ play The Trojan Women, produced in 415 BC, is a poignant tragedy set in the aftermath of the fall of Troy. It reflects on the fates of Trojan women, including Queen Hecuba, Cassandra, Andromache, and Helen, following their city’s defeat by the Greeks. The play serves as a commentary on the destruction and moral consequences of war, potentially drawing parallels to events contemporary to the play such as the Athenian capture of Melos during the Peloponnesian War. The Trojan Women forms part of a trilogy presented at the Dionysia festival, though its narratives are not interconnected as in Aeschylus’ Oresteia. The play is notable for its focus on the suffering and resilience of women in the face of adversity and loss, contrasting their personal grief with the broader tragedy of war. It is considered one of Euripides’ most powerful works.

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Theodoridis, G.,

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