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Sophocles: The Women of Trachis

Death of Hercules (painting by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1634, Museo del Prado)The Women of Trachis or The Trachiniae (Greek: Τραχίνιαι) is a play by Sophocles thought to be among his earlier surviving works.

The tragedy centres on Heracles and his wife Deianeira, who attempts to win back his love from a captured slave with a love-potion, only to find her self tricked into poisoning him.

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Free online texts

Gutenberg: The Seven Plays in English Verse, translated by Lewis Campbell. Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Sophocles Vol. II; Ajax, Electra, Trachiniae, Philoctetes. Greek text with facing translation by F. Storr (Loeb edition, 1916). Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Sophocles, translated by Thomas Franklin (1848). Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Sophocles Vol II; Trachinae, Ajax, Philoctetes, Electra, verse translation by Thomas Dale (1824). Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Sophocles, Vol II; Ajax, Electra, Trachiniae, Philoctetes, Fragments, translated by Lewis Campbell (1879). Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: The Tragedies of Sophocles, translated by Richard C. Jebb (1904). Multiple formats.

Loebulus: L021 - Sophocles II: Ajax. Electra. Trachiniae. Philoctetes. Greek and English parallel text. Loeb edition, PDF format.

University of Adelaide: The Trachiniae, translated by R.C. Jebb. Multiple formats.

Wikisource: Greek text and multiple translation. Multiple formats.

Other Resources

History of Ancient Greece: Sophocles, podcast by Ryan Stitt.

History of Ancient Greece: Heracles from Zero to Hero, podcast by Ryan Stitt.

Librivox: Trachiniai, translated by Lewis Campbell. Public domain audiobook.

Wikipedia: Sophocles

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Bacchylides: Poems.

Aristotle: The Poetics.

Euripides: Heracles.

Euripides: Heracleidae.

 Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: The Women of Trachis is listed.