''Revenge is a kind of wild justice...'' (Francis Bacon).
Euripides'' "Hecuba" is dominated by the
vengeance which Hecuba takes on the faithless Polymestor, and
explores in a complex and profound manner the potential for revenge
as a subject for tragedy. The sacrifice of Polyxena is in
counterpoint to the revenge action; the whole is set in the chaotic
aftermath of the fall of Troy. The combination of plots creates one
of Euripides'' most effective dramas, full of pathos, suspense and
excitement. This study of the play in English argues that it has
been greatly undervalued by critics who have failed to appreciate
the power of its rhetoric, the subtlety of its characterisation,
and the beauty of its choral odes.