Andromache


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Andromache is a Classical Greek verse tragedy written by Euripides in the 5th century BCE.

When Troy was taken by the Greeks, Andromache, wife of that Hector whom Achilles slew ere himself was slain by the arrow which Apollo guided, was given in the dividing of the spoils to Neoptolemus, Achilles’ son. So he took her oversea to the land of Thessaly, and loved her, and entreated her kindly, and she bare him a son in her captivity. But after ten years! Neoptolemus took to wife a princess of Sparta, Hermione, daughter of Menelaus and Helen. But to these was no child born, and the soul of Hermione grew bitter with jealousy against Andromache. Now Neoptolemus, in his indignation for his father’s death, had upbraided Apollo therewith: wherefore he now journeyed to Delphi, vainly hoping by prayer and sacrifice to assuage the wrath of the God. But so soon as he was gone, Hermione sought to avenge herself on Andromache ; and Menelaus came thither also, and these twain went about to slay the captive and her child, Wherefore Andromache hid her son, and took sanctuary at the altar of the Goddess Thetis, expecting till Peleus, her lord’s grandsire, should come to save her. And herein are set forth her sore peril and deliverance : also it is told how Neoptolemus found death at Delphi, and how he that contrived his death took his wife.

(Summary by Alan Mapstone and the Translator)

Cast List

Andromache: Wendy Katz Hiller

Handmaid: Agnes Robert Behr

Hermione: Rita Boutros

Menelaus: Algy Pug

Molossus: Inkell

Peleus: Beeswaxcandle

Nurse: Sonia

Orestes: Greg Giordano

Messenger: Larry Wilson

Thetis: dc

Chorus: Alan Mapstone

Stage Directions: James R Hedrick
(1 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Argument and Dramatis Personae 4:18 Read by Alan Mapstone
Part 1: Andromache and Hermione 23:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 2: Menelaus 17:21 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 3: Peleus 21:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 4: Orestes 28:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers