At a glance:
- Author: Euripides
- First Published: 415
- Type of Work: Drama
- Type of Plot: Tragedy
- Setting: Outside the ruined walls of Troy
- Characters: Poseidon, Pallas Athena, Hecuba, Cassandra, Andromache, Helen, Menelaus, Talthybius, Chorus of the Captive Trojan Women
- Genres: Drama, Tragedy
- Subjects: War, Women, Death or dying, Kings, queens, or royalty, Gods or goddesses, Greek or Roman times, Joy or sorrow, Trojan War
- Locales: Europe, Troy, ancient
On the second morning after the fall of Troy and the massacre of all its male inhabitants, Poseidon appears to lament the ruins and vows vengeance against the Greeks. To his surprise, Pallas Athena, the goddess who aided the Greeks, joins him in plotting a disastrous homeward voyage for the victors who despoiled her temple in Troy. They withdraw as Hecuba rises from among the sleeping Trojan women to mourn the burning city and her dead sons and husband. The chorus join her in chanting an anguished lament.
Talthybius, the herald of the Greeks, arrives to...
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