Trojan Womenby Euripides
As bleak and agonizing a portrait of war as ever to appear on the stage, The Trojan Women is a masterpiece of pathos as well as a timeless and chilling indictment of war's brutality. The only justice in war, Euripides seems to say, is punitive and nihilistic. Nicholas Rudall's compelling new translation continues his acclaimed work in interpreting classical drama for today's audiences.
"This elegant, self-assured translation brings the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series to a triumphant conclusion. The dialogue reads fluently and naturally, and the choral odes have a graceful lilt. The introduction not only provides historical context but also makes a persuasive case for the play's relevance to our own time. "--Justina Gregory, Smith College
"The publication is an important contribution to the field. Shapiro's poetic translation works not just as a rendering of Greek, but as a good, at times gripping, English-language script. Despite working from a translation, Shapiro's version is notable for its closeness to the Greek in many points, and Burian's notes further tie the English to the original text. On occasion, Shapiro's closeness to the original extends as far as replicating wordplays while maintaining rhythm, an important and noteworthy achievement.Shapiro's success in expressing the Greek metaphor is evidence of his skill as a poet. The best aspect of Burian's notes is the careful elucidation of ancient Greek throughout." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Meet the Author
Peter Burian is Professor of Classical & Comparative Literatures and Theater Studies, Duke University.
Alan Shapiro is Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A winner of the prestigious Lila Wallace Reader's Digest award for 1992-95, he is the author of several poetry collections, including Tantalus in Love, Song and Dance, and The Dead Alive and Busy.
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