E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Second wife of Priam, and mother of nineteen children. When Troy was taken by the Greeks she fell to the lot of Ulysses. She was afterwards metamorphosed into a dog, and threw herself into the sea. The place where she perished was afterwards called the Dogs - grave (cynos-sema). (Homer: Iliad, etc.)
On to Hecuba. To the point or main incident. The story of Hecuba has furnished a host of Greek tragedies.