Richer Resources Publications

                BOOKS            ART PRINTS            NEWS & REVIEWS             ON SALE NOW                COMING SOON               CONTACT

Questions? Call us toll free:




Art Prints

Corporate Sales

Academic Sales

Retailers & Distributors

Fundraising & PTAs

Interviews & Reviews

About Us


Shipping & Ordering

Press Releases






Classics/ Greek Drama ISBN: 978-1-935238-47-8
USD $8.95

Suppliant Women by Aeschylus

Translated by Ian Johnston


The Suppliant Women (also called Suppliant Maidens or Suppliants) by Aeschylus is the first (or possibly the second) in a three-play sequence based on the well-known story of the daughters of Danaus, the Danaids, who fled from their home in Egypt and sailed to Argos to escape from having to marry their cousins. The other plays in the trilogy have been lost, except for fragments. Largely for stylistic reasons (particularly the predominant role of the Chorus) Suppliant Women was long thought to be the oldest play in our traditions, but recent evidence has revealed that it is, in fact, one of Aeschylus’ late plays (first performed c. 470 BC).

The arrival of the Danaids and their father in Argos and their request, in the name of the gods, for a refuge from their male cousins, who have aggressively pursued them, create serious political and moral problems for the king of Argos. What claim do these foreign petitioners have on his protection? Should he run the risk of war in order to uphold his religious obligations? What role do the people of Argos have in making that decision? Do these women have a legal right to refuse to get married? The play brings these issues—as relevant today as in ancient Greece—dramatically alive without providing any easy resolution.

Ian Johnston’s new translation of a notoriously difficult Greek text provides a fluent English version of this ancient play, well suited for reading, recitation, or performance.


About Us

At Richer Resources, we are dedicated to the creation of high quality books, art and other media intended to enrich the lives of individuals of all ages. 
As an independent publisher, we are bound by a sense of integrity and quality to produce products which enhance the lives and vision of individuals everywhere.

Sign up to receive notice of free eBooks, new releases and special subscriber-only offers.

(You can unsubscribe at any time)

Visit our EBooks section for previews of all of our titles.
Are you a teacher looking for new titles, a non-profit looking for fundraising ideas or a corporation looking for incentive gifts? Follow this link to learn about our special programs.