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Gonda Van Steen

in Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199572885
eISBN:
9780191722905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The first chapter of this book introduces the practical or organizational framework of classical tragedy staged on the prison islands of the Civil War (Makronisos, Trikeri, Aï Stratis). It also ... More


Makronisos: Island of the ‘Greek Inventors of Barbarian Evils’

Gonda Van Steen

in Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199572885
eISBN:
9780191722905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 discusses the productions of ancient drama that were staged on Makronisos: it presents a diptych of two productions that reveal different levels of involvement on the part of actors, ... More


Conclusion

Gonda Van Steen

in Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199572885
eISBN:
9780191722905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The exile stage confronted actors, artists, and audiences with the modernist challenge to rethink the very means and methods of drama. The theater of the prison islands was intensely political for ... More


‘The rugged Pyrrhus’: the son of Achilles in tragedy

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/9780199568314.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the presentation by Sophocles of Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles. In Homer he is a flawless hero; in most other archaic poetry and art, he is mainly a perpetrator of ... 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


Philoctetes: moral complexity

Lauren J. Apfel

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199600625
eISBN:
9780191724985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600625.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter explores Sophocles' Philoctetes, the most morally complex of all of his extant tragedies. Philoctetes involves the interrelation of three characters and, as such, presents an array of ... More


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


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


Ethos

Andrew Ford

in Aristotle as Poet: The Song for Hermias and Its Contexts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199733293
eISBN:
9780199918539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733293.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The song to Hermias now takes center stage again, this time using its literary background to highlight the multiple generic stances adopted by the speaker. The song’s opening verses are examined in ... More


The bow shot of exile

Jane Stabler

in The Artistry of Exile

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199590247
eISBN:
9780191766411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590247.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, European Literature

Chapter 1 looks at the 1816 company of exiles on the shores of Lake Leman (the threshold of the Shelleys and Byron’s Italian experience), and the Brownings’ delighted, bewildered entry into Pisa in ... More


Pity as a Civic Virtue in Sophocles’ Philoctetes

Marina Berzins McCoy

in Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199672783
eISBN:
9780191757327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672783.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chapter three examines Sophocles’ Philoctetes notion that the excluded and polluted one is central to the city’s good. Here, Sophocles develops a picture of Philoctetes as one who is not only ... More


Philoctetes: The cure on Lemnos

James Morwood

in The Tragedies of Sophocles

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675716
eISBN:
9781781380833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines why Sophocles' presentation of his main character in his drama Philoctetes escaped ridicule, despite Sophocles painting his main protagonist in a repulsive manner. It argues ... More


The Nostalgia of the Male Tragic Choru s

Sheila Murnaghan

in Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670574
eISBN:
9780191759086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As they were incorporated into mythological plots, the choruses of classical Athenian tragedy took on fictional identities that departed from their status as performers in a celebratory communal ... More


The Wound of History: Ritsos and the Reception of Philoctetes

Dimitris Tziovas

in Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199672752
eISBN:
9780191774324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672752.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The aim of this chapter is to reassess ‘Philoctetes’ (1963–5), one of the most important dramatic monologues in the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos’ collection The Fourth Dimension (1972), in the context of ... More


Challenging the Stereotype of the ‘Disabled Veteran’ in Aquila’s <i>A Female Philoctetes</i> and Outside the Wire’s <i>Ajax</i>

Melinda Powers

in Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198777359
eISBN:
9780191823077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777359.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

My final chapter considers a different type of minority community, US veterans. Although veterans today, particularly those with disabilities, are a minority population that comprises less than 1 per ... More


Other Greek Heroes: Diomedes, Philoctetes, and Agamemnon

Charles McNelis and Alexander Sens

in The Alexandra of Lycophron: A Literary Study

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199601899
eISBN:
9780191827525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601899.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Cassandra’s treatment of three Greek heroes to whom she awards limited local honors. Philoctetes is killed in a way that evokes his activities in the Trojan War, and honored in ... More


Simple Pathetic Tragedy

Blair Hoxby

in What Was Tragedy?: Theory and the Early Modern Canon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198749165
eISBN:
9780191813283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749165.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The idealist philosophy of the tragic distinguishes between the truly tragic and the merely pathetic. The early modern poetics of tragedy, in contrast, elaborated Aristotle’s description of ... More


Conclusion

Mary Lefkowitz

in Euripides and the Gods

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199752058
eISBN:
9780190463113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752058.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

At the end of dramas the gods may not have solved all problems, that does not mean that Euripides sought to have his original audiences cease to honor them. On the contrary, it reminds us that the ... More


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