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By Euripides, James Morwood

This quantity of Euripides' performs deals new translations of the 3 nice battle performs Trojan girls, Hecuba, and Andromache, within which the sufferings of Troy's survivors are harrowingly depicted. With remarkable depth, Euripides--whom Aristotle known as the main tragic of poets--describes the bad brutality that either girls and youngsters suffer in the course of conflict. but, within the war's aftermath, this brutality is challenged and a brand new battleground is printed the place the ladies of Troy evince an overpowering greatness of spirit.
We weep for the elderly Hecuba in her identify play and in Trojan Women, whereas whilst we recognize her resilience amid unrelieved discomfort. Andromache, the slave-concubine of her husband's killer, endures her lifestyles within the victor's nation with a stoic the Aristocracy. in their time but undying, those performs insist at the victory of the feminine spirit amid the horrors visited on them through the gods and males in the course of war.
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I see it's Polyxena that she is mourning. Her most modern woe has now not touched her but. HECUBA. O my sorrow! It can’t be my expensive Cassandra, the frantic prophetess, that you've got introduced right here? SERVING girl. the lady whose identify you cry is alive. yet you don't mourn but for the person who lies right here useless. allow us to discover the corpse. examine it and spot if the sight fills you with ask yourself and dashes your hopes. 680 HECUBA. O my discomfort! I see my son—dead—Polydorus, whom the Thracian used to be preserving for me in his apartment. All is over for unsatisfied Hecuba—I now not exist. (Sings) O my baby, my child,* sadly! I commence a frenzied melody. i've got purely now learnt of this evil from an avenging demon. refrain. then you definately have taken on your son’s grim destiny, you bad girl? HECUBA (sings). i can't think, no i will not think, this new horror which I see. New failures are born from the previous ones, 690 and no day shall ever linger with out my groans and tears. refrain. negative, poor are the calamities we endure, wretched girl. HECUBA (sings). O my baby, baby of a wretched mom, by way of what blow of destiny did you die? How did you come back to lie there in demise? What guy killed you? SERVING lady. i don't be aware of. I stumbled on him at the beach. HECUBA (sings). Had he been solid up at the point sand or fallen there underneath the bloody spear? SERVING girl. The surging water carried him up from seven-hundred the ocean. HECUBA (sings). unluckily, sadly! I comprehend the dream which I observed in my sleep* (the black-winged imaginative and prescient didn't get away me), the dream I had approximately you, O my baby, not alive lower than Zeus’ sunlight. refrain. Who killed him then? Does your dream-wisdom provide you the data to inform me that? HECUBA (sings). It was once my very own guest-friend, sure, my very own, 710 the Thracian horseman, with whom his father had hidden him. refrain. sadly, what do you suggest? in order that after the homicide he may perhaps retain the gold? HECUBA. i can't locate the phrases for it. it's a deed and not using a identify, past amazement. (Sings) it really is unholy, unendurable. the place is simply dealing among guest-friends now? O you so much accursed of fellows, see the way you have butchered this boy’s flesh, hacking his limbs together with your iron sword. there has been no pity in you. 720 refrain. You wretched lady, no matter what energy it really is that presses so seriously on you has made you preferrred in anguish between mortals. yet glance, I see the following the grand determine of our grasp Agamemnon—so let’s be silent, associates. AGAMEMNON enters. AGAMEMNON. Hecuba, why are you so gradual to bury your daughter in her grave? Why haven’t you come back at the phrases which Talthybius made recognized to me, that not one of the Argives may still lay a hand in your woman? good then, we left her by myself, we didn't contact her. yet you take your 730 time, and that surprises me. So i've got come to fetch you. For issues there were good managed—if there's something that's sturdy approximately this case. (With a begin) yet who's this guy I see via the tent, this lifeless Trojan? i will be able to inform that he's now not an Argive by means of the garments his physique is wearing. HECUBA (turning away and talking to herself).

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