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ISBN: 0198721188
ISBN13: 978-0198721185
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Author: P. T. Stevens,Euripides
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 20, 1984)
Pages: 264 pages
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"Andromache," set in the aftermath of the Trojan War and focusing on the widow of Hector, is one of the weakest of the extant plays of Euripides. In truth, the work is better considered as anti-Spartan propaganda, written circa 426 B.C. near the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, although it present a tragedy. However, the scenes are much more episodic than we usually find in Euripides; the first part of the tragedy is essentially a supplicant play, but then it changes dramatically. The play has one of Euripides' strongest beginnings, with its strong attacks on Sparta, represented by Menelaus. But even as propaganda Euripides elevates his subject for what he sees is not merely a war between two cities, but rather a clash between two completely different ways of life.

Once again, Euripides uses the Trojan War as a context for his political argument. Andromache, the widow of Hector, is the slave of Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, who is married to Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. The setting is the Temple of Thetis, the mother of Achilles, somewhere between Pithia and Pharasalia in Thessaly. Andromache has born Neoptolemus a son, and the barren Hermione accuses the Trojan woman of having used witchcraft and seeks her death. Andromache has taken refuge as this temple where Hermione and Menelaus try to get her to come out by threatening to kill her son. However, the title character disappears from the play and everybody from Peleus, the father of Achilles, to Orestes, the cousin of Hermione, shows up, mainly to talk about Neoptolemus, who is at Delphi. Thetis shows up as the deus-ex-machina and the play ends rather abruptly.

The interest in "Andromache" is clearly for the anti-Spartan propaganda. As a tragedy there is little her beyond a progression of characters who all talk about doing something they end up not doing. If there is supposed to be a series of object lessons offered by each of these characters, then that idea is pretty much lost on contemporary audiences. Jean Racine wrote his own version of the myth of Andromache, as did William Congreve, Gilbert Murray, and Gabriele D'Annunzio. Racine's play "Andromache" is certainly superior to that of Euripides, which is probably the only time you can say that about the French neo-classical playwright. "Andromache" is clearly the least of the extant plays of Euripides.
Andromache is the widow of Hector, son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles outside of Troy's walls. She, who once was the wife of a prince, is now a slave of Neoptolemus, son of Achilles. The play really shows war's effect on women. It also shows the results of revenge: Achilles killed Hector, Orestes (son of Agamemnon) kills Neoptolemus, and Orestes' wife wants Andromache killed.