Trojan Women

Theatre, Classical

The play Trojan women follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands have been killed, and their remaining families are about to be taken as slaves. However, begins first with the Gods Athena and Poseidan discussing ways to punish the Greek armies because they condemned Ajax the Leaser for raping Cassandra, the eldest daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecabe, after dragging her from a statue of Athens. What follows shows how much the Trojan women have suffered as their grief is compounded when the Greeks dole and additional deaths and divide their shares of women. Throughout the play, many of the Trojan women lament the loss of their land that reared them. Hecabe in particular lets it be known that Troy had been her home for her entire life, only to see herself as an old grandmother watching children before she will be taken as slave to Odysseus.

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