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«Гекуба» Еврипида: опыт интерпретации

Вестник древней истории. 2019. Т. 79. № 3. С. 586-607.

In this article a new interpretation of Euripides’ tragedy Hecuba is proposed. As the thematic

analysis of the tragedy shows, the author’s intention was to stress the relativity of ordinary

notions of friendship and enmity and to suggest a new criterion to define them, i.e. virtue and

baseness. This theme reflects a political aim of Hecuba: the tragedy was intended to put in doubt

the necessity and usefulness of the military alliance with the Thracians. The attitude towards

the Thracians should depend not on formal relations of friendship but on moral evaluation of

their deeds: their cruelty necessitates the view of them as enemies rather than friends.