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Hecuba (Inglese)

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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent Translation 3 luglio 2016
Di Adam Clark - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This is an excellent translation of the play that is surprisingly easy to read. This was my first time reading Hecuba, and I thought it was fantastic. I highly recommend it, even if you don't have to read it as a class assignment.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A first look by Euripides at the tragic character of Hecuba 24 ottobre 2002
Di Lawrance Bernabo - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Troy has fallen and its queen, Hecuba, has become the slave of Odysseus, who takes away her daughter Polyxena to be slain on the grave of Achilles. However, in this drama it is the earlier death of another child, Polydorus that provides the motivation for what comes to pass. This was a child who had been sent (according to Homer, there are various versions of this tale) for safety to the Thracian Chersonese. But now, after Hecuba hears of the death of Polyxena, the body of Polydorus washes up on shore. Apparently Hecuba's son-in-law Polymnester murdered the boy for the gold, which King Priam had sent to pay for his education. Agamemnon hears Hecuba's pleas, and Polymnester is allowed to visit the queen before she is taken away into captivity.
The most fascinating aspect of "Hecuba" is that it gives us an opportunity to contrast the character of the queen of fallen Troy in this play by Euripides with that in his more famous work, "The Trojan Women." This play was performed ten years before the other and its events take place right before the other play as well, although there is some overlap when Talthybius informs Hecuba of the death of Polyxena. In both dramas Hecuba is a woman driven by a brutal and remorseless desire for vengeance; however she proves much more successful in this drama than she does in "The Trojan Women."
This is an unusual play for Euripides is that the gods do not appear; the prologue is given by the ghost of Polydorus and the exodos are the slave women heading off to the ships (again, contrast this with "The Trojan Women"). Hecuba has harsh words for Helen, as in the other play, but her son Paris receives his fair share of approbation as well. This play also makes reference to the myth that Hecuba would meet her own hideous death, which reinforces the idea that there is much more of a moral degradation of her character in this play (set up by much more humiliation and degradation in the first half). On an entirely different level, "Hecuba" is comparable to Aeschylus' "Orestia," since he addresses the question of the difference between revenge and justice, so while the "Hecuba"/"Trojan Woman" analog is the most obvious and the most fruitful, it is not the only possibility.
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4.0 su 5 stelle War and loss driving Hecuba mad. 17 giugno 1999
Di R. D. Allison ( - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Hecuba was the wife of Priam, King of Troy, and the mother of Hector, Paris, Cassandra, and others. At the start of this play of Euripedes, the war between the Greeks and Troy is over and Hecuba is now a slave of Agamemnon. The ghost of Achilles had appeared and demanded a sacrifice over his tomb before the Greeks can set sail for home. They vote to sacrifice Polyxena, Hecuba's young daughter, despite the tears and entreaties of Hecuba. After Polyxena's noble death, Hecuba learns that her last child Polydorus had been murdered by the King of Thrace, Polymestor, to whom Polydorus had been sent for safe keeping. This finally drives Hecuba mad and she seeks vengence for Polydorus's death. Euripedes shows in this play the effects of war and vengence on innocent lives and how cruel men at war can be.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Destruction of the Human Soul 16 luglio 2000
Di Marian Powell - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
Hecuba is one of the most profound, and profoundly pessimistic dramas ever written. It shows Hecuba, who had been Queen of Troy, now facing the ultimate devastation. She has already lost everything except her two youngest children. Now she will lose them, not to war but to politics and human greed. She loses herself to the need for vengeance, succeeds and loses her humanity. It is a shattering story and the Introduction by Kenneth Reckford in which he examines the meaning of the play is worth the price of the book.
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1.0 su 5 stelle A Total Rip Off 3 settembre 2014
Di Kathryn B. Horvat - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
This book was a total ripoff. It was published on demand from a poorly typed version that someone had done. Not only were there no page or line numbers, something I needed for a book discussion, but it was never even proof read. For instance, the word "corpse," which appears numerous times, was typed as "corse." There was nothing in the description to tell me that I would have no commentary, etc. I could have had what I got for free, instead of the $7.99 I paid for this book.

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