The Trojan Women was first produced in 415 BC and focuses on the aftermath of the Trojan War. The play opens on god Poseidon and goddess Athena shortly after the city of Troy has been ravaged, ransacked, and desecrated by the Greek armies. As they discuss how they will seek revenge, dawn breaks in the wake of the destruction, and we begin to discover the fates of Hecuba, Andromache, Cassandra, and the other women of Troy. Euripides won second prize at the City Dionysia for this piece. However, as Claudius Aelianus put it at the time, “the jury were either intellectually incapable of a proper decision or else they were bribed.” To this day, The Trojan Women is often considered Euripides’s greatest work and overall one of the best anti-war plays ever written.