Sophocles' Philoctetes and the Great Soul Robbery (Google eBook)

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 282 pages
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Norman Austin brings both keen insight and a life-long engagement with his subject to this study of Sophocles’ late tragedy Philoctetes, a fifth-century BCE play adapted from an infamous incident during the Trojan War. In Sophocles’ “Philoctetes” and the Great Soul Robbery, Austin examines the rich layers of text as well as context, situating the play within the historical and political milieu of the eclipse of Athenian power. He presents a study at once of interest to the classical scholar and accessible to the general reader. Though the play, written near the end of Sophocles’ career, is not as familiar to modern audiences as his Theban plays, Philoctetes grapples with issues—social, psychological, and spiritual—that remain as much a part of our lives today as they were for their original Athenian audience.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Problem of Translation
7
Tradition versus Originality
17
3 The Prologos Verses 1134
40
4 The Parodos Verses 135218
71
5 The First Episode Verses 219675
88
6 The Stasimon Verses 676729
111
7 The Second Episode Verses 730826
118
9 The Third Episode Verses 8651080
134
10 The Second Kommos Verses 10811217
153
11 The Exodos Verses 12181471
176
Deus ex Machina
190
The Problem of Helenuss Prophecy and Its Relationship to Neoptolemus
207
Notes
223
Bibliography
251
Index
261

8 The First Kommos Verses 827864
125

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About the author (2011)

Norman Austin is professor emeritus of classics at the University of Arizona, where he taught for twenty years, as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Classics at Florida Atlantic University. He is author of Meaning and Being in Myth and Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom.

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