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hecuba & hamlet

Postby zagreus » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:30 am

Hi all,

I'm working on a production of Hamlet at the moment & am looking to put a Greek passage into it.

It's the piece which the player recites to Hamlet about Pyrrhus killing Priam & the mourning of Hecuba. Rather than use Shakespeare's words I'd rather use a correspoding passage from a Greek tragedy. Can anyone recommend a passage? It doesn't have to be an exact replica o'th'original. Even a few lines would be enough - as, since it's in a foreign language, only a few lines would be enough to prompt Polonius' "this is too long."

Thanks in advance.
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Postby Scribo » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:45 pm

Why would you substitute Shakespeare's words? The mix of drama and epic is what makes them so important for that part. Also the allusions made, for the most part, are more relevant to Shakespeare's time (Mars Armour, for example) than any of the Classics.
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Postby zagreus » Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:46 am

Fascinating. 92 people read this post as I write this. And no one could suggest anything. Except poor Scibo.
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Postby spiphany » Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:50 am

Well, the obvious source for a passage would be Euripides' Hecuba, would it not? Haven't read it in Greek tho, so can't help with specifics.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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