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Epic Weapons on the Tragic Stage

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 1 considers the uncanny agency of weapons in Sophocles’ Ajax, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, and Euripides’ Heracles. On stage, the sword cues audience awareness of the intertextual factors ... More


Ajax’s Shield: Bridging Troy and Athens

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 5 returns to Sophocles’ Ajax for a closer look at how Ajax’s legendary status as the unparalleled defender of the Achaean troops in Homer is reshaped when he bequeaths his shield to his son, ... More


Thebes, Aegina, and the Temple of Aphaia: A Reading of Pindar's Isthmian 6

Henrik Indergaard

in Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry: Myth, History, and Identity in the Fifth Century BC

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199546510
eISBN:
9780191594922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546510.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the myth contained in Pindar's Isthmian 6, in which Pindar tells the story of how Herakles, visiting Telamon to summon him for their expedition against Troy, prays to Zeus that ... More


Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at five fragmentary Sophoclean plays — The Madness of Odysseus, Palamedes, The Arrival of Nauplius, Ajax the Locrian, and Nauplius the Fire-Raiser and considers whether any of them ... More


The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book provides separate discussions of each of Sophocles' seven plays: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. It sets these between an ... More


Speaking back in Sophocles' Ajax

Elton T.E. Barker

in Entering the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography, and Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199542710
eISBN:
9780191715365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542710.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter tackles head-on the problem of the double agon in the play's second half, as Teucer and the Atreidae argue over Ajax's body, and interprets it as part of a strategy that emphasizes ... More


The Selection of Ajax to Face Hector

Dennis R. MacDonald

in Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300097702
eISBN:
9780300129892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300097702.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter describes the time when Ajax recognized his lot, rejoiced and asked the army to pray to Zeus for victory—and pray they did. The fight between Ajax and Hector ended in a draw; each ... More


1. Aigina and the Aiakids

Anne Pippin Burnett

in Pindar's Songs for Young Athletes of Aigina

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199277940
eISBN:
9780191707841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277940.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Pindar's Aiginetan odes were made for the commercial aristocracy of a small, civilised, and very rich island. The commercial success of Aigina attracted the interest of Argos and Epidauros, and for ... More


‘Darkness, my Light’: Enigmatic Ajax

S. J. Instone

in Hesperos: Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199285686
eISBN:
9780191713958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285686.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores one dimension of the play, Ajax. The oddities of the play revolve around two central themes — life and death — or, more particularly, the value of being alive and the value of ... More


The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles

Lauren J. Apfel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199600625
eISBN:
9780191724985
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book is concerned with the relationship between a modern philosophical idea and an ancient historical moment. It explores how the notion of pluralism, made famous by Isaiah Berlin, may be seen ... More


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