Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 1, 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 019283987X
ISBN - 13: 9780192839879
About the Book
This volume of Euripides' plays offers new translations of the three great war plays Trojan Women, Hecuba, and Andromache, in which the sufferings of Troy's survivors are harrowingly depicted. With unparalleled intensity, Euripides--whom Aristotle called the most tragic of poets--describes the horrific brutality that both women and children undergo during war. Yet, in the war's aftermath, this brutality is challenged and a new battleground is revealed where the women of Troy evince an overwhelming greatness of spirit.
We weep for the aged Hecuba in her name play and in Trojan Women, while at the same time we admire her resilience amid unrelieved suffering. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her existence in the victor's country with a stoic nobility. Of their time yet timeless, these plays insist on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.
From the Publisher
Hecuba The Trojan Women Andromache
In the three great war plays contained in this volume Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy''s survivors to a harrowing examination.
The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the poets. Yet the new battleground of the aftermath of war is one in which the women of Troy evince an overwhelming greatness of
spirit. We weep for the aged Hecuba in her name play and in The Trojan Women, yet we respond with an at times appalled admiration to her resilience amid unrelieved suffering. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband''s killer, endures her existence in the victor''s country with a Stoic
nobility. Of their time yet timeless, these plays insist on the victory of the female spirit amid the horrors visited on them by the gods and men during war.
About the Author
Euripides (c. 480-406 BCE) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens. James Morwood is Grocyn Lecturer, Wadham College, Oxford. Edith Hall is a Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
`Review from other book by this author ''Morwood''s prose translations read smoothly and reflect current, idiomatic English speech...the impressively ample and up-to-date select bibliography, genuinely helpful explanatory notes for each play, useful discussion of Euripides'' thought and style,
and the concise, informative background information about the world in which Euripides lived all contribute to the value of this book'' Review of Medea and Other Plays''