Seneca the Younger, Trojan Women

LCL 62: 140-141

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TROJAN WOMEN

CHARACTERS Trojans
  • HECUBA queen of Troy, widow of Priam, mother of many children, including Hector
  • ANDROMACHE widow of Hector and daughter-in-law of Hecuba
  • OLD MAN attendant of Andromache
  • ASTYANAX young son of Andromache
  • POLYXENA (persona muta), daughter of Hecuba
  • CHORUS of Trojan women
Greeks
  • TALTHYBIUS herald of the army
  • PYRRHUS son of Achilles, heir to the throne of Thessaly
  • AGAMEMNON king of Mycenae, commander of the Greek forces against Troy
  • CALCHAS priest and seer
  • ULYSSES king of Ithaca, strategist of the defeat of Troy
  • HELEN wife of Menelaus, Agamemnon’s brother; her abduction by Paris, Hecuba’s son, precipitated the Trojan War
  • MESSENGER
  • SOLDIERS (personae mutae)
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TROJAN WOMEN

SCENE

The action unfolds on the plains between the smoldering ruins of Troy and the shore. The setting is fluid and indefinite, except that Act Three is set at Hector’s burial mound.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.seneca_younger-trojan_women.2018