Notes on the Trachiniae

In The Women of Trachis, also called the Trachiniae, Sophocles exposes the audience to the recollections of a domestic woman, Deianira (Greek for "destroyer of husband"), and wife of the great Heracles (Romanized as Hercules). In contract to Aeschylus's portrayal of Clytemnestra at the end of the Trojan War in his Oresteia, the audience is compelled to sympathize … Continue reading Notes on the Trachiniae

A Brief Note on Aeschylean Tragedy

In his day, Aeschylus had published and produced more than ninety plays. Today, seven have survived. We are the fortunate beneficiaries of the complete Oresteia trilogy, telling the story of Orestes in avenging the blood of his father, and also in Zeus declaring the predominance of law, over vengeance. This theme of this emergence of, and protection … Continue reading A Brief Note on Aeschylean Tragedy