In these three plays, whose origins lie in Greek mythology and the Old Testament, we find powerfully concentrated representations of timeless passions - sexual desire and jealousy, hatred and ambition. 'Andromache' shows the sufferings and heroism of the defeated Trojans after the fall of Troy and the death of Hector. In 'Phaedra' we see the frenzy and pathos of a young wife's unholy passion for her stepson. 'Athaliah', written for the schoolgirls of St Cyr, is considered by many the most perfect example of French classical tragedy. It shows us the downfall of the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, Baal-worshipper and Queen of Judah, the victim of her own arrogance and misdeeds. These new translations fully capture the simple, yet richly suggestive elegance of Racine's French.