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Hecuba was the most widely read play of Euripides from antiquity to the Renaissance, appealing to readers and spectators for its controversial treatment of moral themes: revenge, war and slavery, violence, human sacrifice, gender and ethnic relations. It narrates the death of Hecuba's daughter Polyxena, sacrificed by the Greeks to placate the ghost of Achilles, and that of her son Polydorus, killed out of greed by the Thracian king who was supposed to protect him. Hecuba successfully plots a cruel and shocking revenge against the killer. The play is now at the centre of the attention of scholars and performing artists. This edition offers new textual and interpretive suggestions, and provides detailed guidance on problems of language as well as employing conceptual tools from contemporary linguistics. It will be useful for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, as well as of interest to scholars.Read more
- Includes a detailed and accessible introduction and commentary exploring the complexity of intertextual relationships, mythical paradigms, moral dilemmas, metaphors and conflicting social practices
- Based on a new edition of the Greek text which provides fresh solutions to textual problems
- Provides clear guidance on the language of the play, integrating some concepts from contemporary linguistics into a commentary on a classical text
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- Date Published: December 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108547802
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Key to metrical symbols
1. Euripides: life and works
2. The date of the Hecuba
3.1 Casting the play
3.2 Stage movements
5. Characters and reciprocity: charis, xenia, philia
6. Hecuba's revenge
8. Transmission of the text
9. Presentation of textual evidence in this edition
10. Metre and language
Symbols, sigla and abbreviations used in the edition of the Greek text
Index of Greek words.
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