Sappho F 44 Voigt and Euripides’ Troades

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Abstract

In this paper a new interpretation of the first stasimon of Euripides’ Troades is proposed, based on a plausible relationship with Sappho’s F 44 Voigt. Sappho’s version of the wedding of Hektor and Andromache seems to be poetically evoked by the women of the chorus right before Andromache’s arrival on stage in the second episode of the play. The lyric, recalling the welcoming of the Trojan Horse to the town and the ensuing communal revelry, conjures up the civic celebrations at the nuptial procession and reception of the happy couple. The striking contrast between the lyric past and the tragic present casts an even more somber light not only on the widow of Hektor but also on the Trojan women themselves who form the chorus of the play.

Sappho F 44 Voigt and Euripides’ Troades

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