Andromaque (French Edition) [Euripide, Nicolas Louis Marie Artaud] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Pendant la Guerre de Troie, le mari. Racine s’inspire de chants de L’Iliade d’Homère, notamment pour la figure d’ Andromaque. Son histoire avait déjà été traitée par Euripide dans. 6 juil. Cette page répertorie les différents œuvres ou auteurs partageant un même nom. Andromaque par Euripide. Andromaque par Jean Racine.

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Andromaque is a tragedy in five acts by the French playwright Jean Racine andromque in alexandrine verse. Euripides ‘ play Andromache and the third book of Virgil ‘s Aeneid were the points of departure for Racine’s play. The play takes place in the aftermath of the Trojan Warduring which Andromache ‘s husband Hectorson of Priamhas been slain by Achilles and their young son Astyanax has narrowly escaped a similar fate at the hands of Ulysseswho has unknowingly been tricked into killing another child in his place.

Andromache has been taken prisoner in Epirus by Pyrrhusson of Achilles, who is due to be married to Hermionethe only daughter of the Spartan king Menelaus and Helen of Troy.

Orestesson of Agamemnon and Clytemnestrabrother to Electra and Iphigeniaand by now absolved of the crime of matricide prophesied by the Delphic oraclehas come to the court of Pyrrhus to plead on behalf of the Greeks for the return of Astyanax. Racine’s play is a story of human passion, with the structure of an unrequited love chain: Orestes is in love with Hermione, who only wishes to please Pyrrhus, who is in love with Andromaque, who is determined to honour the memory of her murdered husband Hector and to protect the future of their son Astyanax.


Orestes’ presence at the court of Pyrrhus unleashes a violent undoing of the chain. At the climax, provoked by Hermione’s desperation, Pyrrhus is murdered by Orestes’ men in a mad rage; this only serves to deepen Hermione’s despair.


She takes her own life by the side of Pyrrhus and Orestes goes mad. The importance of the theme of gallantry is a common feature with Racine’s previous work, Alexandre le Grand. Orestes, Greek ambassador, arrives at the court of Pyrrhus, supposedly to convince him on behalf of the Greeks to put Astyanax, the son of Andromaque and Hector, to death, for fear that he may one day avenge Troy.

Actually Oreste hopes Pyrrhus will refuse, so Hermione will return to Greece with him. Pyrrhus refuses at first, then, upon being rejected by Andromaque, he threatens to turn Astyanax over to the Greeks. Orestes speaks to Hermione, who agrees to leave with him if Pyrrhus allows it.

However, Pyrrhus, heretofore uninterested in Hermione, announces to Orestes that he has decided to marry her, and that he will give him Astyanax. Orestes is furious over having lost Hermione for good. Ehripide begs Hermione to influence Pyrrhus to spare her son, but Hermione, insanely proud, refuses her. Pyrrhus agrees to reverse his decision if Andromaque will marry him. She hesitates, unsure of what to do.

Andromaque resolves to marry Pyrrhus in order to save her son, but intends suicide as soon euripids the ceremony is over, so that she remains faithful to her late husband Hector. Hermione asks Orestes to avenge her scorn from Pyrrhus by killing him.


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andronaque Hermione regrets asking for Pyrrhus’ death. Before she can cancel her request, Orestes appears and announces that Pyrrhus is dead, though not at Orestes’ hand – his Greeks became enraged when Pyrrhus recognized Astyanax as king of Troy.

She thanks him with wild insults and runs off to kill herself on Pyrrhus’ body. Orestes becomes crazed and has a vision of the Furies.

Racine et Euripide

It is also the most often read and studied classicist play in French schools. Jacques Rivette ‘s four-hour film L’amour fou centers around rehearsals of a production of Andromaque.

In addition, Rossini ‘s two-act opera, Ermioneis based on Eurlpide play. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Andromaque Title page from edition of Andromaque. Garreau “Racine, Jean” in Hochmanvol. The text of Andromaque is available on the French Wikisource. The plays of Jean Racine. Jean Racine ‘s Andromaque Andromache Pyrrhus Orestes Hermione Pylades.

Andromaque Ermione Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 25 Marchat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Title page from edition of Andromaque. The Royal Palace at Bouthroton in Epirus.