Euripides’ Trojan Women: A Critique of ‘Asymmetric Conflict’?

With Paolo Babbiotti

Published in Conflict and Competition: Agon in Western Greece: Selected Essays from the 2019 Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece, Heather L. Reid, John Serrati, Tim Sorg edd., Parnassos Press – Fonte Aretusa, 2020, pp. 171-183.

In this paper we attempt a tentative answer to the following question: in Trojan Women, is Euripides criticizing a certain degeneration of agonism ― something we could label as “‘asymmetric conflict”’? Why this question? Trojan Women are well known as a powerful tragic play, which puts on stage the condition of the enslaved (and barbaric, to a Greek eye) women of Troy. Interpretations and academic studies of Trojan Women are more than abundant, given the undoubtable value of the play. Our tentative attempt does not gain inspiration by secondary literature about the play, but from a problem that we face nowadays and that seems to be displayed in this classical tragedy.

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Euripides’ Trojan Women: A Critique of ‘Asymmetric Conflict’?

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