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Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: Cassandra Borges on Euripides's Trojan Women

  • 2/12/2013 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Main Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: Cassandra Borges on Euripides's Trojan WomenThe Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture on it. There will be an opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.


"Suffering What They Must: Euripides' Trojan Women"
by Cassandra Borges,
CFD postdoctoral fellow, Classics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bowdoin College, Main Lounge, Moulton Union


Euripides' tragedy Trojan Women, originally produced in 415 BC, is a stark look at the aftermath of the legendary Trojan War. In a series of vignettes depicting the women of Troy, waiting by the ruins of their city to be enslaved by the conquering Greeks, he comments not only on the brutality of traditional Greek myths, but also on brutality in his own time and place. In this discussion, we will explore the ways in which ancient Greek writers could reuse classic stories to examine enduring problems such as the nature of power and the consequences of war. - Cassandra Borges