Euripides: Hecuba (Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy) by Helene P. Foley

By Helene P. Foley

selected as one of many ten canonical performs via Euripides throughout the Hellenistic interval in Greece, Hecuba used to be well known all through Antiquity. The play additionally turned a part of the so-called 'Byzantine triad' of 3 performs of Euripides (along with Phoenician Women and Orestes) chosen for research at school curricula, especially for the brilliance of its rhetorical speeches and quotable conventional knowledge. Translations into Latin and vernacular languages, in addition to degree performances emerged early within the 16th century. The Renaissance widespread the play for its illustration of the intense pain and misfortunes of its newly-enslaved heroine, the previous queen of Troy Hecuba, for the brave sacrificial demise of her daughter Polyxena, and for the beleaguered queen's unusually profitable revenge opposed to the unscrupulous killer of her son Polydorus. Later sessions, in spite of the fact that, built reservations concerning the play's revenge plot and its harmony. contemporary scholarship has favorably reassessed the play in its unique cultural and political context and the earlier thirty years have produced a couple of fascinating staged productions. Hecuba has emerged as a profound exploration of the problems of building justice and a strong morality in post-war occasions.
This booklet investigates the play's altering serious and theatrical reception from Antiquity to the current, its legendary and political heritage, its dramatic and thematic team spirit, and the position of its choruses.

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Euripides: Hecuba (Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy)

Selected as one of many ten canonical performs by way of Euripides in the course of the Hellenistic interval in Greece, Hecuba was once well known all through Antiquity. The play additionally grew to become a part of the so-called 'Byzantine triad' of 3 performs of Euripides (along with Phoenician ladies and Orestes) chosen for learn at school curricula, peculiarly for the brilliance of its rhetorical speeches and quotable conventional knowledge.

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