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Women of Trachis

by Sophocles

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An ancient Greek myth with traces of Medea. A woman waits for her husband, Herakles, to return from war. Prior to his return, he sends home new slaves he has captured; one of them is the woman he has fallen in love with and wishes for his wife. In a desperate plea to hold onto his love, she casts a love spell that has disastrous consequences. An interesting work, but the new translation into modern vernacular removes a great deal of the poetry that characterizes Greek writing. In an effort to make it accessible to the general public, they have removed what makes it Greek. ( )
1 vote Devil_llama | Jun 27, 2015 |
This has always been my favorite of Sophocle's works. Queen Deianeira is a wife whose husband is in love with another younger, more beautiful woman. With good intentions, she puts together a scheme to reclaim his heart. Tragically, she ends up killing him instead, and in sorrow and remorse takes her own life.
This is the original, true "Romeo & Juliet" story. Besides the setting, the plot line is not at all different. Like Shakespeare's famous tragedy, this telling of terrible events inspired by love is a sad and powerful one.
A great work of overlooked literature. ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
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Sophoclesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bagg, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, LewisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, MalcolmEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickerson, Gregory W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jebb, Richard ClaverhouseEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Light, F LTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murray, GilbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pound, EzraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watling, E.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, C. K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zilliacus, EmilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the Greek text of the Trachiniae. Please do not combine it with translations into modern languages.
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Mutability; uncertainty; a universe of precipitous change: these themes are at the heart of Sophocles' tragic vision. But nowhere are they elaborated with more urgency than in Women of Trachis. There are no subtle shifts of Fortune's favors in this tragedy, only stunning and total reversals, a relentless spinning of her fickle wheel. Thesis moves to crushing antithesis with an unparalleled violence at the moment of transformation. Thought to have been written about 440 BC, midway through the poet's career, Women of Trachis has long suffered from neglect by scholars despite its sophistication and raw energy. This translation at last rescues the immense lyrical power and tragic grandeur of the play from obscurity, restoring the music of a poetry originally meant to be sung and danced collectively.

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Deianeira is an ordinary woman married to Herakles, the most feared and storied hero of the ancient world. To keep his affection and preserve her marriage, she must cope with her anxieties about his deadly labors and escapades, and must force herself to tolerate the conduct of a man whose volatile will is impossible to sway or question.… (more)

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