Euripides’ Trojan Women and the Stagecraft of Memory


This study presents an overview of the stagecraft demands of Euripides’ Trojan Women, and argues that many of the play’s spectacular effects create resonances with the Iliad and with Aeschylus’ Agamemnon.Through visual effects, the poet situates his play as a bridge between these two texts. Part 1 presents an overview of some foundational elements of stagecraft. It offers an alternative to the stage geography proposed by Kovacs (2018),which also removes the need for more than one herald. Discussion also emphasizes the large number of supernumerary performers required for the play. Part II proceeds through the play linearly and describes six scenes of spectacleand how they evoke specific literary precedents. In Trojan Women Euripides creates stunning moments of theatre that communicate their emotional impact visually. The cumulative effect of the tragedy's episodic structure becomes fully apparent in performance.