- Title Pages
- 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- 3. The Protection of the Self and the Role of <i>Sophia</i>
- 4. Some Connotations of <i>Sophia</i>
- 5. Polyneices’s Truth
- 6. Hecuba’s Rhetoric
- 7. Eros in Euripides’s Poetics: Sex as the Cause of the Trojan War
- 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- 9. The Power of Love: Who Is Aphrodite?
- 10. Phaedra
- 11. Hermione: The <i>Andromache</i>
- 12. Female Victims of War: The <i>Troades</i>
- 13. The Survival in Poetry
- 14. Figures of Metalepsis: The Invention of “Literature”
- 15. The Failure of Politics in Euripides’s Poetics: Politics in the <i>Suppliant Women</i>
- 16. Political Philosophy: A Universal Program of Peace and Progress
- 17. How to Deliberate a War
- 18. Democracy and Monarchy
- 19. The Battle
- 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- 21. Return to Arms
- 22. The Polis’s Loss of Control and Authority
- 23. The Bacchants’ Gospel and the Greek City
- 24. Pentheus and Teiresias
- 25. Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round
- 26. Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon
- 27. Initiation and Sacrifice
- 28. Victory and Defeat
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Subject Index
- Index Locorum
Return to Arms
Return to Arms
- (p.138) 21. Return to Arms
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter focuses on Athens's return to arms following Theseus's victory. The children of the Argive champions have heard Adrastus praise their fathers' courage: they now carry the urns containing the ashes of their fallen fathers, take over the empty houses, and express a wish for vengeance. Athena asks Theseus to compel the Argives to swear loyalty to Athens and prophesies the war of the Epigoni, celebrating their victory over Thebes. As Athena praises the revenge the children of the champions will take against Thebes, she uses the epic image of Diomedes and Aigialeus as “lion cubs, sackers of the city.” This chapter considers Athena's approval of the strategies and activities of the kind of politics that rushes to war. It also examines Theseus's war for the burial of the champions and Athena's lack of concern for the ethics or religious law regarding burying the corpses.
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