Hecuba is Hector’s wife. When she is kidnapped by Ulysses after Troy loses the war, Hecuba smuggles Hector’s ashes with her. After watching her daughter Polyxena be sacrificed and learning that her son has been murdered by a greedy king, Hecuba flies into a rage. She goes to visit the greedy king, pretending to have money for him, and claws apart his face. She is transformed into a sorrowfully howling dog.
Hecuba Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Hecuba appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 13: The Fall of Troy
...but the Greeks drag them on board the ships setting sail for Greece. Ulysses finds Hecuba—King Priam’s wife—wandering among the graves of the Trojans. He drags her away, but she manages... (full context)
Book 13: The Sufferings of Hecuba
Book 13: Memnon