Polymestor


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Polymestor

slays Priam’s youngest son Polydorus, who had been entrusted to his care. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Hecuba in Benét, 450]
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Specifically, in Euripides' Hecuba, when Polymestor is speaking with Agamemnon, the latter says: "On behalf of all those dead who learned their hatred of women long ago, for those who hate them now, for those unborn who shall live to hate them yet, I now declare my firm conviction:/neither earth nor ocean produces a creature as savage and monstrous as woman" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), Hecuba, VV.
Rather than kill Polymestor outright in requital for her betrayed son, Hecuba with the assistance of the Trojan women lures Polymestor into her tent with his babies and before blinding him makes the father witness the slaughter of his own children.
In the end of the play, the power of vision continues in its significance: Polymestor becomes a blind seer and predicts that Hecabe will become a bitch, a sign to sailors--turned into something to be looked at rather than someone who sees, though she will have a blazing eye (Zeitlin 1991, 64-9 on eyes).
Alert to the fact that Euripides' original is an encomium to justice, Arkins quotes Hecuba' s tirade about Polymestor for Agamemnon's ears in the McGuinness version:
Euripides's Hecuba (Hekabe) is also a mother who murders children, though not her own: to revenge the death of her son, and aided by the other Trojan women, she slaughters the infant sons of Polymestor before blinding him with their brooches.
Conacher, for example, following Meautis, whom he quotes approvingly, finds Polyxena's moral stand 'sublime' in contrast with her mother's allegedly bestial revenge on Polymestor.
Anyone versed in Greek mythology (there were more then than there are now) would have remembered that, according to Euripides, in later life Hecuba was turned into a dog for blinding Polymestor, the murderer of her son Polydorus, so you might consider Hector to have been a literal pup, perhaps even the original SOB.
POLYMESTOR, local Thracian king and guestfriend of Hekabe
As a private individual, Hecuba enacts vengeance on Polymestor for his betrayal of her trust in killing her son Polydorus.
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
Beaudin points out, however, that there is nevertheless a structural as well as an emotional unity to the play, which begins with the lamentations of Hecuba (Seneca, Troades, opening monologue, followed by dialogue with chorus), and ends with Hecuba again, who produces, as in Euripides's Hecuba, a speech after the revengeful blinding of Polymestor and killing of his children (although in Euripides this is not the final speech in the play).
But the fear of Polymestor as revealed in the sentence does not fit the death wishes Hecuba expresses e.