The Trojan Women

**Warning, mild Spoilers**
Last Saturday I went to see Euripides’ play Trojan Women. I had some idea of what to expect, but the play was far more significant than I ever anticipated. Unlike most dramas about war, this one focused on what happens to the survivors on the losing side. In this instance, it focused on the consequences they faced in Ancient Greece, but many aspects of the play still apply today. The play highlighted the fear, despair, and uncertainty that all displaced victims of war face both past and present. It followed a group of noble women from Troy as they struggled to come to terms with the loss of their families, their homes, and their freedom. Viewers watched as soldiers brought news of which ladies would be enslaved to which Greek nobleman, and in a particularly cruel twist, news that an infant boy had been marked for death. This play tore the “curtain of glory” off of war to show what really happens when nations attempt to annihilate each other.
It didn’t focus solely on the loser’s sorrows. The play showed winner’s guilt in the regret of the soldiers who had to carry out the child’s execution, and it briefly reminded the audience that these were related nations with shared customs and history when the soldiers and women worked together to give the infant a proper burial in accordance with their shared beliefs. The play was very deep, and very eye opening in many ways, and I hope I have a chance to see it again someday.