After the Trojan War: Women of Troy ; Hecuba ; Helen : Three Plays

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Absolute Classics, 1995 - Euripides - 192 pages
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Kenneth McLeish's stunning translations of three plays exploring the Trojan War, by one of the great Athenian dramatists. Each play shows the aftermath of war from a different standpoint. Women of Troy is set amongst a group of captives waiting to be shipped from Troy as slaves - Queen Hecuba is their comforter but in Hecuba she is driven to the edge of insanity by her own great personal loss. Helen takes place seven years after the end of the War. In Egypt - treated as a backwater, far from 'real' events - Helen waits anxiously for her husband Menelaus to rescue her.
One of the greatest and most influential of the Greek tragedians, Euripides, is said to have produced 92 plays, the first of which appeared in 455BC.

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
14
Section 3
43
Section 4
55
Section 5
67
Section 6
147
Section 7
148
Section 8
151
Section 9
152
Section 10
164
Section 11
167
Section 12
168
Section 13
184
Section 14
185
Section 15
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About the author (1995)

Euripides was born in Attica, Greece probably in 480 B.C. He was the youngest of the three principal fifth-century tragic poets. In his youth he cultivated gymnastic pursuits and studied philosophy and rhetoric. Soon after he received recognition for a play that he had written, Euripides left Athens for the court of Archelaus, king of Macedonia. Fragments of about fifty-five plays survive. Among his best-known plays are Alcestis, Medea and Philoctetes, Electra, Iphigenia in Tauris, The Trojan Women, and Iphigenia in Aulis Iphigenia. He died in Athens in 406 B.C.

Kenneth McLeish was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 10, 1940. He studied music and the classics at Worcester College, Oxford University. Before becoming a full-time author and translator in 1975, he worked as a teacher. He wrote and edited literary guides and cultural companions. His works included Theatre of Aristophanes, Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Myth, Guide to Greek Drama, and The Pocket Guide to Shakespeare. He also wrote Listeners' Guide to Classical Music with his wife. He translated all 47 of the surviving classical Greek plays as well as individual plays by other playwrights. He also wrote a number of original plays and filmscripts including Orpheus and Vice at the Vicarage and adapted The Oresteia with Frederic Raphael for a BBC Television production entitled The Serpent's Tongue. He died on November 28, 1997 at the age of 57.

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