The Trojan Womenby Euripides
Though little is known for certain of his early life, Euripides was probably born around 460 b.c.e. to the farmer Mnesarchus and his wife Clito, and his studious nature quickly led him to a literary life in Athens. His work sticks out from that of his contemporaries for his attention to the political and social problems around him, although he never held public office. His plays are often ironic, pessimistic, and display radical rejection of classical decorum and rules. "The Trojan Women" is one of Euripides' anti-war plays, set in Troy just after it has been captured by the Greeks in a bitter, ten-year war. The play is not particularly suspenseful, but instead it relies on passages of lyric lamentation in the form of songs by Hecuba and other women who face cruel servitude in Greece. It is a powerful tragedy that emphasizes the sufferings of the innocent victims of war.
"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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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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