Polyxena: A Story of Troy

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Published: Jul Hardcover Oct Paperback. Buy from our partners. After Troy falls, Neoptolemus claims Polyxena as his prize, but she rejects his advances. In a fit of rage, Neoptolemus contrives a story that dooms the ill-fated Polyxena.


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The story takes place just after the Trojan War, as the Greeks are heading home, and depicts the grief of Hecuba , queen of the fallen city of Troy, over the sacrifice of her daughter Polyxena , and the revenge she takes over the added loss of her son Polydorus. Queen Hecuba of Troy, herself now one of the captives, is introduced, anguishing over a nightmare she has had, and mourning her great losses of her husband and sons in the Trojan War, and now the added torment of having to sacrifice her own daughter, Polyxena.

Polyxena joins her mother in a moving and pitiful scene of lament, until Odysseus comes to fetch Polyxena for the sacrifice. The eloquent and persuasive Odysseus tries to persuade Hecuba not to take the loss of her daughter too much to heart. Hecuba , for her part, attempts to shame Odysseus into releasing her daughter, but he is unmoved. Polyxena herself is resigned to her fate, declaring that she prefers death to slavery.

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The herald Talthybius describes the death of Polyxena , and the grief-stricken Hecuba orders that her corpse not be touched, calling for water for a ritual cleansing. Hecuba immediately suspects that Polymestor has killed her son for the treasure and, pushed now to the edge of madness by her sufferings, begins to plot her revenge. She calls on the Greek leader Agamemnon for help, and he allows her to summon Polymestor to her.

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