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.
Luigi Battezzato is Professor of Greek Literature at the Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amadeo Avogradro, Vercelli. His publications include Italian translations of Aeschylus' Choephori (1995) and Euripides' Hecuba (2010), and he is the author of Il monologo nel teatro di Euripide (1995) and Linguistica e retorica della tragedia greca (2008). He has also published extensively on Greek tragedy and lyric, Greek metre and language, textual criticism and the history of classical scholarship.
Preface; Abbreviations; Key to metrical symbols; Introduction; 1. Euripides: life and works; 2. The date of the Hecuba; 3. Production; 3.1 Casting the play; 3.2 Stage movements; 4. Myth; 5. Characters and reciprocity: charis, xenia, philia; 6. Hecuba's revenge; 7. Reception; 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; Hecuba; Commentary; Works cited; General index; Index of Greek words.