product description page

Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba : Three Plays About Women and the Trojan War (Paperback) (Euripides)

Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba : Three Plays About Women and the Trojan War (Paperback) (Euripides) - image 1 of 1

about this item

In these three ancient tragedies, Euripides dramatizes the fate of women, both Greek and Trojan, in the wake of the Trojan War. The women are spoils of war, instigators of revenge, and pawns used by the gods for reward and punishment, and Euripides delivers powerful portrayals of their suffering. The publication of Trojan Women, Helen, and Hecuba in one volume invites provocative engagement with issues of gender, history, warfare, and politics.            Francis Blessington combines his work as a poet, translator, and teacher of literature and Greek with his theatrical experiences to create fresh, modern translations suitable for the stage, the classroom, or the general reader. While bearing in mind how an actor speaks in a performance and what an audience can immediately comprehend, he remains faithful to the original Greek by imitating the iambic lines of dialogue with a flexible four-stress line. In the choral odes, he employs a variety of meters, respecting the correspondence of the strophe and antistrophe of the choral stanzas. The three plays are augmented by introductions, notes, and an essay 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.
In these three ancient tragedies, Euripides dramatizes the fate of women, both Greek and Trojan, in the wake of the Trojan War. The women are spoils of war, instigators of revenge, and pawns used by the gods for reward and punishment, and Euripides delivers powerful portrayals of their suffering. The publication of Trojan Women, Helen, and Hecuba in one volume invites provocative engagement with issues of gender, history, warfare, and politics.
Francis Blessington combines his work as a poet, translator, and teacher of literature and Greek with his theatrical experiences to create fresh, modern translations suitable for the stage, the classroom, or the general reader. While bearing in mind how an actor speaks in a performance and what an audience can immediately comprehend, he remains faithful to the original Greek by imitating the iambic lines of dialogue with a flexible four-stress line. In the choral odes, he employs a variety of meters, respecting the correspondence of the strophe and antistrophe of the choral stanzas. The three plays are augmented by introductions, notes, and an essay 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.
Number of Pages: 250.0
Genre: Drama, Literary Criticism, History
Sub-Genre: Ancient / Greece
Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Euripides
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2015
TCIN: 26394345
UPC: 9780299305246
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-0178

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.