Hecuba's life was one of grief and sorrow. She saw with her own eyes her eldest born Hector killed and insulted（侮辱） by Achilles. She saw her son Polites slain in front of her by Pyrrhus. And she saw her husband, the aged Priam, dragged towards the household altar（祭坛，圣坛） and ruthlessly（无情地） butchered there. After the fall of Troy she was carried into slavery. She had the misfortune to witness her daughter Polyxena, her sole consolation in bondage, sacrificed at the tomb of Achilles. She had the sad fate to see washed ashore the corpse of her youngest son Polydorus, who had been entrusted to（委托给） the Thracian king for safe keeping. With her fifty children all dead she became the queen of sorrows from whom no other woman could obtain the crown. Yet in her distress and despair, she plucked up her courage to avenge herself upon the Thracian king, who had murdered her son in order to get her son's gold. Later, as Dionysushad prophesied（预言） , she was transformed into a dog with bloodshot（充血的） eyes and，unable to endure the new misery, she leapt into the sea and thus ended her unfortunate life.