As told by William Shakespeare, inspired by The Illiad of Homer, but as told the Bard in the "play within a play" (Hamlet)
Combining the first part, recited by Hamlet, remembering the previous performance of The Player King he loved, and the part after the actor takes over, and removing the two interruptions by Polonius, I present to you the continuous tragic tale of Hecuba, Pyrrhus and Priam, and the Fall of Troy, and attempt to bring it to life with classic artwork depicting the legendary tragedy.
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'The rugged Pyrrhus, like the Hyrcanian beast...
- by William Shakespeare
'The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose sable arms,
Black as his purpose, did the night resemble
When he lay couched in the ominous horse,
Hath now this dread and black complexion smear'd
With heraldry more dismal; head to foot
Now is he total gules; horridly trick'd
With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons,
Baked and impasted with the parching streets,
That lend a tyrannous and damned light
To their lord's murder: roasted in wrath and fire,
And thus o'er-sized with coagulate gore,
With eyes like carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus
Old grandsire Priam seeks.'
'Anon he finds him
Striking too short at Greeks; his antique sword,
Rebellious to his arm, lies where it