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- DescriptionHecuba, in slavery after Troy's fall, fails to dissuade Odysseus, whose life she once saved, from sacrificing her daughter to hour his dead friend, Achilles; but the girl dies proudly, true to her royal blood in surmounting degradation. Then Hecuba learns of her sons' treacherous murder by a former ally; out of her terrible loss comes determination for revenge, which she claims as a right but how just is her horrific cruelty? How credible against her earlier characterisation? The play has striking effects: the ghost of the murdered son, and his murderer subsequently blinded; poignant lyricism; vivid narratives; above all, a careful pattern of scenes demonstrating the equivocal power of 'Persuasion, man's only sovereign' (v.816). Hecuba is both a study of resilience and weakness, and a typically Euripidean comment on the uncertain, even collapsing, values of his time. Text with facing translation, commentary and tes.
- Author BiographyChristopher Collard is Emeritus Professor at The University of Wales Swansea and the General Editor of this series of Euripides plays.
- Author(s)Christopher Collard
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1991
- LanguageGreek, ancient (to 1453)
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Series TitleAris & Phillips Classical Texts
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAris & Phillips Ltd
- Weight349 g
- Width149 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine13 mm
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