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Euripides' Greek tragedy, in a new English version.

After Troy fell to the Greeks, Andromache, the wife of the slain Trojan king Hector, was taken as prize and given to Achilles' son Neoptolemus, as his concubine. He treated her kindly, and in the fullness of time she bore him a son. But Neoptolemus went on to take as his wife Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus, but she could bear him no children. Enraged with jealousy, Hermione plots the death of Andromache, and the play opens with Andromache taking sanctuary at the temple of Thetis, the goddess who is also Achilles' mother - Achilles, the man who killed her husband. The dramatic tension unfolds between slave and master, man and woman, East and West.

Now available in audiobook (ISBN 978-0-9853709-6-1) and paperback ( ISBN 978-0-9853709-5-4).

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BN ID: 2940014944113
Publication date: 07/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

Euripides was the youngest of the three great tragic poets of classical antiquity, with Aeschylus and Sophocles being his elders. Born around 484 BC, he authored some 92 plays, of which 19 have survived the ravages of time. Although he was not often a prizewinner at the City Dionysia, so often is he mentioned by his contemporaries that his work was clearly widely known and admired.

Ever the iconoclast, Euripides portrayed the gods as capricious agents of fate, unconcerned towards men or righteousness. Mortals, however, were displayed with all their innate characteristics, from tenderness to treachery, and on a human scale that set him apart from the heroic and larger than life characters of his contemporaries. This concern for the ordinary man would hold Euripides' work in good stead during the Hellenistic period, which helped so many of his works survive, and even today Euripides is one of the most "accessible" playwrights of the ancient world.

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