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The World’s Greatest Anti-War Play: Euripides’ Trojan Women

November 20, 2012
Trojan Women Performances Composite

A composite of images for productions of Trojan Women 1915-2008

Tonight, streamed live at 8pm as part of the very first International MetaBettakultcha. The MetaBettakultcha Show: Episode 1 can also be found as a video on YouTube (43minutes: this talk 5minutes, 3rd speaker).

Eleanor OKell was invited to take part and decided to present her  analysis of the data she has gathered from 456 productions of and based on Euripides’ Trojan Women 1904-2012. The analysis supports the widely held “gut feeling” that this is the world’s greatest anti-war play, a statement which has become a commonplace of theatre criticism. 

 The presentation was based on research done prior to the Glasgow Classical Association conference (2009: “Euripides’ Trojan Women as political drama: what’s too close for comfort?”) and current research undertaken for the Legacies of War project.

Map of the world showing countries in which a production of Trojan Women has taken place 1900-2012

Map of the world showing countries in which a production of Trojan Women has taken place 1900-2012

Eleanor OKell’s talk was a 5 minute contribution as the third speaker

(but she is apparently worth watching for her responses to the other speakers throughout. In her defence, she found the range and content was really interesting, she just isn’t used to webcams…). 

Graph of productions of or based on Trojan Women 1900-2012

Graph of productions of or based on Trojan Women 1900-2012

If you have any information on a production of or based on Euripides’ Trojan Women, she’d love to hear from you – as would the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APRGD). I’ve found some performances they don’t know about but a) I will be updating them and b) know I don’t have them all! Contact me (@erosOK) or e.r.okell via my University of Leeds (@leeds.ac.uk) address. Similarly, if you’d like me to share some of my raw data or graphs for particular periods, let me know.

In response to interest in the presentation for teaching purposes I’ve decided to post the PowerPoint presentation (slides as images, non-editable) here, please cite as E. R. OKell, 2012, ‘The World’s Greatest Anti-War Play: Euripides’ Trojan Women‘, metaBettakultcha: episode 1 (20/11/12) on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOF5uh6Xj04, PowerPoint courtesy of Classics Talks  https://classicstalks.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/the-worlds-greatest-anti-war-play:-euripides-trojan-women/

Download the The World’s Greatest Anti-War PlayPowerPoint

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