Hecuba must suffer the further atrocities of her daughter Polyxena's sacrifice to Achilles' ghost and the discovery of the mutilated corpse of Polydorus
As a private individual, Hecuba enacts vengeance on Polymestor for his betrayal of her trust in killing her son Polydorus
Matthew Douglas Hecuba Vanessa Redgrave Polyxena Lydia Leonard Odysseus, Polymestor Darrell D'Silva Talthybius Alan Dobie Hecuba's servant, chorus Judith Paris Agamemnon Malcolm Tierney Sons of Polymestor John Dominici/ Christopher Madden/Otto Pippengar
Like Dante's Pier delle Vigne and, explicitly, like Virgil's Polydorus
, Idalogos makes his appearance within a speaking tree, but tells of his birth and youth among pipe-playing shepherds that recall the eclogues of those same poets.
His descent from the classical heroes is signalled first by the ippogrifo, who is clearly modelled on Pegasus, and then by Astolfo, Alcina's ex-lover, who has been transmogrified, like the Aeneid's Polydorus
, into a myrtle bush (Aeneid III.
The ghosts of Greek tragedy--the Clytemnestra of Aeschylus's Eumenides, or the Polydorus
of Euripides's Hecuba--stand in stark contrast to the fantastic characters of Prometheus Bound, a play that features a chorus of bird-women and the personified figures Might and Violence.
We should also look to the Herculean memory feats of Cephalus, Antiphon, and Polydorus
in the Parmenides where the immensely complex account of the dialectical turnings between the one and the many (others) have been committed to memory without, at least in the case of Antiphon, sustaining their interest in the issues involved.
do so, he inadvertently perpetrates violence on the dead Polydorus
The other examples mentioned by Hardie (the fate of Polydorus
in book 3, Acestes' portentous arrow in 5, the metamorphosis of the Trojan ships in 9) are not so pertinent here, since they do not involve animals.
In his distaste for those plays that dramatize their whole narrative history instead of rendering it via messengers, he recommends the example of Euripides' Hecuba, in which the long sequence of earlier events is recounted by the spirit of the murdered Polydorus
rather than being presented on stage from his childhood onwards.
Or again, on a different day and in another part of the Trojan plain, Achilles killing Polydorus
, Hector's brother:
s), king of Ortygia, where Aeneas and his followers sail after the ghost of Polydorus
has warned them not to settle in Thrace.