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The staging of rhetoric in Euripides' Trojan girls is emblematic of the writing that led Nietzsche in charge Euripides for the 'death of tragedy'. Euripides' characters, drawn from the epics of Homer, don't in simple terms convey the indicators of a sophistic education, yet in terms of Helen particularly appear to have been analyzing the sophist Gorgias with especial care. i've got already pointed out the prophetess Cassandra, and her argument that the Trojans fared higher in defeat than the Greeks did in victory. That scene is one among 3 scenes round which the play is established, each one of which contains a debate among Hecuba, queen of defeated Troy, and considered one of her daughters or daughters-in-law - Cassandra, Andromache, Helen. In every one case, the ladies debate a woman's position in an excellent marriage, what their soreness has been and skill, and what half each one has performed and should play within the carrying on with saga of the households of Greece and Troy. In every one scene, the symptoms of formal rhetorical education are strongly marked. within the area last i need to appear in short on the final of those agones. it's going to permit me to make a few small print in regards to the Euripidean staging of verbal contest. the talk among Helen and Hecuba is determined up in formal phrases, with Menelaus as pass judgement on. 30 Helen's first phrases are (895-6) 'Menelaus, it is a prologue deserving of worry ... ' and she or he asks (899-900): 'What determination have the Greeks and also you arrived at ... ? ' while she hears of the dying penalty, she begs for the best (903-4) 'to contend in argument that it'd be an injustice to execute' her, and Hecuba is of the same opinion (907-10) that he may still 'grant her the best of answer ... a whole demonstrated debate will suggest her inevitable 29 30 Segal (1981)361. For an outstanding dialogue of the agon, see Croally (1994) 134-62. one hundred forty five Cambridge partners on-line © Cambridge college Press, 2006 SIMON GOLDHILL dying. ' The argument is determined up by way of this technical language as though it's a lawcase. Helen certainly exhibits at each point of her speech the deep impact of the pro education of the sophist. First, she articulates a accurately plotted and expressly signalled argument of defence: 'In relation to what your accusation can be in the event you input into dialogue with me, i'm going to set my arguments aspect via aspect. First... moment ... take heed to what subsequent ... give some thought to the logical outcomes which stick with ... you are going to say i haven't but mentioned one element in query ... At this element you'll bring up a specious objection . . . i've got witnesses ... ' The levels of the argument are rigorously articulated as such by way of the formal markers of knowledgeable argumentation. moment, Helen demonstrates the archetypal qualities of fifth-century argumentation. at the one hand, she manipulates the paradoxical reversal so usually linked to sophistic rhetoric: she claims, for instance, that her adultery has benefited the Greeks because it enabled them to defeat the barbarians: 'but that which has given Greece happiness has ruined me. i used to be bought for my good looks and i'm reviled through those that should have topped my head.