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Electra And Other Plays



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Author: Euripides
ISBN: 9780140446685
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 1998
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 199mm x 132mm x 15mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Written during the fierce struggle for supremacy between Sparta and Euripides’ native Athens, these five plays are haunted by the shadow of war – and in particular its impact on women. In Electra, the children of Agamemnon take bloody revenge on their mother for murdering their father after his return from Troy, and Suppliant Women depicts the grieving mothers of those killed in battle. The other plays deal with the aftermath of the Trojan War for the defeated survivors, as Andromache shows Hector’s widow as a trophy of war in the house of her Greek captor, and Hecabe portrays a defeated queen avenging the murder of her last-remaining son, while Trojan Women tells of the plight of the city’s women in the hands of the victors.