Odysseus at Troy: Ajax, Hecuba, and Trojan Women
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Author(s): Stephen Esposito
Odysseus at Troy
is centered on the mythological Greek warrior, Odysseus, hero of the Trojan War. This book contains three plays:
- Sophocles’ Ajax (Edited by Stephen Esposito)
In Ajax, which may well be the earliest of his seven surviving plays, Odysseus makes his first appearance in the surviving corpus of thirty-two Athenian tragedies.
- Euripides’ Hecuba (Edited by Robin Mitchell-Boyask)
The drama focuses on the status of women, those who are out of power and at the margins of society, by enacting the sufferings of Hecuba.
- Euripides’ Trojan Women (Edited by Diskin Clay)
The Trojan Women is a play on the consequences of war and the fate of those defeated in war and their victors.
The plays are complete, with notes and introductions for each. An additional introduction to the volume gives background on this popular theme, and on Ajax
, one of the most written-about hero in Greek literature.
For courses in Greek drama, or humanities, taught in translation, that have an emphasis on War.
About the Author
is an Associate Professor of Classics at Boston University where, in 2009/10, he won Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Teaching Excellence. He has previously published Euripides’ Bacchae
(translation and commentary: Focus Publishing, 1998) and edited Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae
(translations with commentaries: Focus Publishing, 2003). Steve is also the founding editor of the new Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries, the first volume of which will be his grammatical commentary, with running vocabulary, of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannos
(Oxford University Press, 2011).
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