Wild Justice: A Study Of Euripides' Hecuba

Paperback | September 23, 1999

byJudith Mossman

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'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.

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'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 ...

Judith Mossman is Senior Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 8.5 × 5.44 × 0.6 inPublished:September 23, 1999Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1853995967

ISBN - 13:9781853995965

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
List of Plates
Abbreviations
1. The Raw Material
2. Structure and Stagecraft
3. Chorus
4. Rhetoric and Characterization
Excursus: Aristotle on Character
5. The Death of Polyxena
6. Hecuba's Revenge
Conclusion
Epilogue
Appendixes
A: Text
B: Polyxena and Polydorus
C: Iconography
References
General Index
Index of Principle Passages

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A delight to read. All Greek is translated clearly ... and Mossman's language throughout is refreshingly jargon-free and lucid.