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I have still to decipher the criterion underlying the order in which these plays appear in this volume. Three of the plays can be considered sequels to the Trojan War focusing on the surviving women: (Hecuba centered on King Priam's widow, Andromache on Hector's widow, and The Trojan Women is more loosely centered on Hecuba as she comes across her daughter and prophetess Cassandra, her daughter-in-law Andromache and Helen, her son Paris' mistress and the ostensible cause of the Trojan war. The f...
I didn't really mean to read this. I meant to read Plato. But I didn't have Plato. And I had two days to wait before it was to arrive. That meant I could read Euripides or Odyssey. Odyssey was clearly going to be a greater investment of time that I didn't really want to spend, but this was Euripides III and I suspected it might not be the best collection of plays for the Euripides noob. Still, I wasn't really prepared to take on Odyssey. I wanted to get to Plato.I liked these plays just fine. I
Whether by coincidence or design, I think this collection may be the most coherent volume of the Chicago editions of the tragedies. Three of the four plays are concerned with the fate of various women of Troy after the conclusion of the ten-year war and the sacking of the city and the fourth addresses the aftermath of one of Apollo's endless stream of rapes. Euripides is frequently interested in the strategies that women must employ to live with intention in a system of gender relations that is
I saw a contemporary play called "Trojan Barbie" that echoed themes of the Trojan Women and found it really interesting, in a depressing way. This inpsired me to go back to Euripides, who I remembered actually liking in high school when we read "Medea" in 10th grade. There's something about a woman's hurt and sorrow that he understands to the point that it transcends centuries, and that's the only way I can describe it.
I enjoyed the Hecuba and Ion, but was less enthusiastic about "The Trojan Women". These plays become more interesting when placed in their historical context, and don't necessarily stand on their own. The Ion is simply interesting to hear Euripides have characters vent at the gods. Worth reading, but not the first plays of Euripides I would recommend to a new reader.
I'm beginning to think that women in Greek drama are either wailing for their misfortune or taking murderous revenge. I much prefer the latter. Hecuba is definitely the best play here, and goes through both of the above stages to poignant effect after all of her 19 children are killed. Chronologically Hecuba should come after Andromache and The Trojan Women - I would have much preferred this order not only for the plot, but so there was something to look forward to. Andromache does at least keep...
Hecuba (tr. Arrowsmith)Andromache (tr. Nims)The Trojan Women (tr. Lattimore)Ion (tr. Willetts)
Good--This collection includes Hecuba, Andromache, The Trojan women, and Ion, the first three of which deal with, well, the Trojan women after the war, and it does get a bit repetitive to read The Trojan Women after the first two. I think Hecuba is the finest of the three. The figure of Hecuba is just fascinating as a subject for the psychological vivisection that Euripides performs so well, what with all the compound grief of losing her husband, palace, status, wealth, and all her 19 children i...
I gave this four stars, but Not because I really Liked it. It was well done and moving. Wrenching, actually. I didn't really read the whole book, only The Trojan Women. I thought I might read the others, but I peeked at Hecuba and realized that the subject matter, mothers facing the slaughter of their children, would be too tough for me to handle much of. Aescylus's Agamemnon is next on our roster, and I think that will be more my cup of tea.
Hecuba was interesting and inspiring. Andromache was a touch into the world of a similar woman in a different situation. The Trojan Women was a summary play of all that had occurred, from the women's enslavery to the generalised plot points of what happened in both Hecuba and Andromache. Ion was a completely separate story and was difficult to read du to this mental switch. I think they were definitely ordered from best to worst and would certainly return to Hecuba again.
I might fill in more stuff later but:Hecuba - 4 StarsAndromache - 4 StarsThe Trojan Women - 3 StarsIon - 3 StarsDespite the couple of four stars above, I didn't really think anything in this volume was indispensable - so, unless you want to read everything, don't feel too bad giving this volume a pass.
What can I say? All of the well-known Greek playwrights are important reading, both for their historical significance as well as the fact that they're excellent plays. They haven't remained famous for 2,400 years because they're not worthy of it.
I've only read the Trojan women and I don't fell like reading more
I especially liked "The Trojan Women" and consider it a classic.
Read Hecuba and Trojan Women. All the tragedy of the genre with only a fraction of ambiguity that makes the great Greek tragedies great.
I only read Trojan Women and rated it thus.
Liked the feeling of originality that is lost in newer works in the world.
Fantastic plays, loved all of them-- I just wouldn't necessarily recommend these translations for semi-novice readers such as myself.