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n. Greek Mythology
The wife of Priam and mother of Hector, Paris, and Cassandra in Homer's Iliad.


(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth the wife of King Priam of Troy, and mother of Hector and Paris


(ˈhɛk yʊ bə)

the wife of the Trojan king Priam.
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Hecuba took out the largest robe, and the one that was most beautifully enriched with embroidery, as an offering to Minerva: it glittered like a star, and lay at the very bottom of the chest.
Well do I know that the day will surely come when mighty Ilius shall be destroyed with Priam and Priam's people, but I grieve for none of these--not even for Hecuba, nor King Priam, nor for my brothers many and brave who may fall in the dust before their foes--for none of these do I grieve as for yourself when the day shall come on which some one of the Achaeans shall rob you for ever of your freedom, and bear you weeping away.
So it has been since the days of Hecuba, and of Hector, Tamer of horses; inside the gates, the women with streaming hair and uplifted hands offering prayers, watching the world's combat from afar, filling their long, empty days with memories and fears; outside, the men, in fierce struggle with things divine and human, quenching memory in the stronger light of purpose, losing the sense of dread and even of wounds in the hurrying ardor of action.
Hecuba was a queen of Troy who, when Troy lost the Trojan War, was taken as a slave to Greece, along with a lot of other Trojan women.
In the first of eight episodes, we're introduced to Paris (Louis Hunter), a humble herdsman who learns he is actually the son of King Priam (David Threlfall) and Queen Hecuba of Troy (Frances O'Connor).
The performance focuses on Hecuba, the wife of King Priam of Troy, since Greek tragedy is universal and generates a dialogue among different cultures in the Mediterranean.
In this changgeuk, foreign names such as Hecuba, Cassandra and Andromache are sung through pansori and yet they go well with each other.
Despues de hacer Reina Juana, Hecuba y La vida por delante, estoy deseando volver a la comedia para pasarlo bien.
I was also tall--I've been 5'7" since I was in the seventh grade; I was always Hecuba instead of Cassandra.
The examination of Hecate and Hecuba through the lens of vindictive fury feeds from conceptions about female grief as well as the brightness of the Dog Star and Hecate's torch.
The central figure of the play, which largely takes the form of a lamentation, is Hecuba, widow of the slain Trojan king Priam and mother of Paris, Hector, Cassandra, and Polyxena (along with many others).
El lugar, donde se desarrolla la tragedia, es un espacio ideal para los suenos, las visiones de Hecuba (17) y Polimestor, las apariciones de Aquiles y Polidoro, los sacrificios humanos Polixena y los hijos de Polimestor, la venganza de Hecuba, y las predicciones de muerte de Agamenon y Casandra.