HOMER AND EURIPIDES' TROADES1

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    This study is a significant expansion of one section of my article ‘Euripides, HOmer and Sophocles’, Illinois Classical Studies 24–25 (1999–2000) 117–28. I offer it here in memory of Kevin Lee.

Abstract

Abstract Like all other Greek poets, Euripides falls under the shadow of Homer. The Troades is closely bound up with the Iliad, in that it represents the fulfilment of Troy's fate so clearly foreshadowed in the Homeric epic. It is not so much a question of linguistic echoes as of situational allusion associated especially with the figures of Andromache and Asyanax, widow and son of Hector. While Homeric and 5th Century values are clearly in tension, as can also be seen in the formal debate between Hecabe and Helen (which also draws the Odyssey into the intertextual nexus), and while Euripides may well to some extent be ironizing and critiquing, he appears at the same time to be offering an impassioned Homeric sequel to the Iliad itself.

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