Trojan Womenby Euripides, Alan C. Shapiro
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.
"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
Meet the Author
Diskin Clay is R.J.R. Nabisco Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University. His previous books include "Paradosis and Survival: Three Chapters in the History of Epicurean Philosophy" (Michigan, 1990) and "Four Island Utopias: Plato's Atlantis, Euhemeros of Messene's Panchaia, Iamboulos' Island of the Sun, & Francis Bacon's New Atlantis," with Andrea Lee Purvis for Focus Publishing.
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