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This volume provides a thorough philological and dramatic commentary on Euripides' Phoenissae, the first detailed commentary in English since 1911. An introduction surveys the play, its possible date, features of the original production, the background of Theban myth, the general problem of interpolation, and the textual tradition. The commentary treats the constitution of ...more
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Published December 2nd 2005 by Focus (first published -424)
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David Sarkies
Jun 02, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Ancient Literature
Recommended to David by: Paul Tuffin
Shelves: tragedy
A betrayal of hospitality
2 Mar 2012

It looks like Goodreads has taken the Latin title for this play (Hecuba) to which Philip Vellacott, the translator of the version that I read, takes serious offence. Personally, being a Philhelline (a lover of Greek culture) I pretty much agree with him. This is not a Roman play, it is a Greek play, and as such I believe they should use the Greek title (and names).

This play is set during the Trojan War. While scholarship refers to only one epic cycle (that of
Εκάβη (Hecuba) is definitely one of the most tragic Greek plays! Euripides chooses Hecuba as a protagonist for this play, the former queen of Troy!

A queen that circumstances and war made her a slave. A woman with so many sons and daughters stays "motherless" at the very end.

In Iliad, the three characters that made me feel really sad for Troy and for Hector's death were Cassandra, Andromache and of course Hecuba. A woman that should be idolised, a woman that kept living after she saw her own chil
RK Byers
Sep 02, 2011 RK Byers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
couldn't avenge her husband or most of her children but got gangster when she found out her baby boy was murdered!
Maan Kawas
Aug 09, 2014 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful but very painful tragedy by the great Ancient Greek playwright Euripides! The play is centered on the miserable and wretched life of Hecuba, King Priam of Troy’s wife, after the sacking of Troy, and having her taken to be a slave to the Greeks (Odysseus in Euripides’ tragedy The Trojan Women. The play shows the devastating and tragic consequences of war, along with humiliation and bitterness and losses. The themes of the play are many, such as the misery wars can bring on people and ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, classics
The way I read Hecuba is as extremely anti-war and as a plea for the cycle of vengeance and violence to stop. Which are extremely poignant themes in an Athens that had been carrying on a Peloponnesian War of escalating brutality for years when this play was written. This is seen in small touches - the denouncement of Odysseus as a shameful, populist politician (hello, Cleon!), the general lament over the 10 long years of war (Trojan and Peloponnesian), and the commiseration of the suffering Troj ...more
Lauren Mcclusick
Hecuba spent 2/3rd's of the play bemoaning her fall from Queen-status to slavery. I know that's a big deal and I
m not trying to diminish slavery but I would be pretty upset too but in terms of creating a compelling plot, we get it, move on. She turned from despair to anger real quick though when she found out that her daughter was going to be sacrificed to the ghost of Achilles and her son was murdered by the man who was a friend and was entrusted to keep him safe. Then she turned into a cold-he
Oct 20, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
Hecuba tells the stroy of a woman who has been made prisoner and has been separated from her family, with her husband being killed and her daughter being made a slave. When she finds out that her son is dead, she goes into a rage of both anger and sorrow.

While I thought that this was an okay play, I don't think that it's the best of Euripides for a couple of reasons. First of all, I did not feel like he did his best job with characterization in this case, which was disappointing to me. Hecuba h
Gustavo Soto de la Plaza
<<[HÉCUBA. — ¡Oh gloria de mi casa! ¡Oh palacio antaño feliz! ¡Oh tú que tenías tantísimas cosas muy hermosas, Príamo, el mejor de los padres, y yo, aquí todavía, anciana madre de tus hijos! ¡Cómo hemos llegado a la nada privados de nuestro orgullo de antes! Y luego nos ufanamos, uno, de estar en rico palacio, otro, de ser llamado honorable entre los ciudadanos. Pero esas cosas no son nada, simplemente deseos de la mente y jactancias de la lengua. El más feliz es aquel a quien de día en dí ...more
Caleb Smith
Jul 26, 2016 Caleb Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. No one can ever give R. R. Martin a hard time ever again. He is just going back to the roots of literature.

Something is fascinating me about these books, Hecuba in particular. How true are these accounts? The Histories of Herodotus was all 'fact' (as he was told) yet the accounts of the Trojan War seem to be written in the same way. I could believe these things happened. I'm sure that people who have studied this stuff know the difference, yet I'm becoming more and more fascinated, and the
Malheur aux vaincus, dit Brennus aux romains vaincus, avant que Camille ne vienne les sauver. Troie a été prise par la cautèlerie d’Ulysse, et pour ses habitantes, la perte de la liberté s’ajoute à celle des êtres chers. Mais pour Hécube, c’est aussi la royauté qu’elle quitte, avec son époux et ses nombreux fils qui ont péris sous les murs de Troie. Seul lui reste Polydore, le cadet, envoyé chez Polymnestor, roi de Thrace, pour y être protégé, avec un trésor, de la rapacité des Achéens. Mais son ...more
I would have gotten a lot more out of this if I knew the characters better. Euripides is writing about figures who show up in other works from around that time, and I haven't read the other works, so there's a lot I'm missing out on. What little knowledge I have of Hecuba, outside of this play, comes from Hamlet.
Jan 02, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I had to remember to slow down to really appreciate it but it was very interesting. Revenge and woe.
Dec 29, 2015 Prakash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Plagued with a narrow dimension and over-dependency on lamentation dialogues, even for a greek tragedy, made this piece slightly unpalatable. Hekabe's misery is highlighted sufficiently but Euripides takes it to heart to iterate it over and over again. Climax murder is a thinly veiled morality evangelism, though the play ends on an Ironical situation, it is not apparent from the play itself but from supplementary notes. This play cannot be read or seen in isolation, it is imperative to have know ...more
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Surprinsingly feminist and with a great message.
Feb 04, 2015 Ivi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Jaseena AL
Rating : 3 stars
Alexandru Jr.
Mar 24, 2012 Alexandru Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
e despre suferinta puternica, care dezumanizeaza.
si despre emotii intense. care ghideaza actiuni. si dupa aia sunt justificate prin discursuri care cel putin par extrem de rationale (apropo, mi-ar placea sa analizez argumentarea din discursurile de aici).
si despre decizii luate in raspuns la ceea ce ti se intampla. decizii fie violente si crude (euripide se pricepe fff bine sa arate cruzimea) fie 'nobile' si resemnate.
Apr 27, 2007 R.J. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
What does a 2000 year old play have to tell us about our lives today. . .astonishingly quite a bit. Hecuba was the Queen of Troy and watched her city destroyed and her sons killed or taken as slaves after the Greek's destroyed Troy. . .her rages against war are prescient today still...
Sean Chick
Dec 28, 2014 Sean Chick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stark play about the nature of suffering. In other words, classic Euripides.
Ruchira Mandal
Aug 31, 2013 Ruchira Mandal rated it really liked it
Liked. Not so much like Maurya in Synge's play- she actually goes and wages a war. Does not achieve Maurya's redemption in the end.
Garrett Cash
Revenge, burials, justice, blinding, murdering children, Trojan War setting, it's got it all. Greek tragedy at its best.
Angela Kw
In my opinion better than the Iliad and a better writer than Sophocles if you've never read Greek Tragedy go with him
Feb 25, 2016 IB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
Quite did not expect the ending, I really thought Hecuba was going to murder Polymestor along with his sons.
Apr 03, 2010 Janey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: Actually read Anne Carson's translation from Grief Lessons (2006).
Salma Deera
Feb 10, 2015 Salma Deera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have punished you; therefore my joy is justified."

fuckin' yes.
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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