Oedipus at Colonus : Sophocles, Athens, and the world by Andreas Markantonatos

By Andreas Markantonatos

This ebook goals to provide a latest literary interpretation of the play, together with a readable dialogue of its underlying historic, spiritual, ethical, social, and legendary matters. additionally, it discusses the newest interpretative scholarship at the play, the most intertextual affiliations with past Thebes-related tragedies, in particular concentrating on Sophocles Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannus, and the literature and function reception of the play; it comprises an up to date bibliography and designated indices

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25-26; Auffarth (1995), p. 345-346; Parker (1996), p. 185, who is moreover particularly alert to the irony that Sophocles assisted in the introduction of a 'foreign' god to Athens - an act potentially detrimental to time-honoured ritual tradition. Nonetheless, he is right to downplay Sophocles' assumed boldness in entertaining a non-Attic deity in his own private house, taking into consideration the remarkably rapid expansion of the healingcult and the Athenians' relative familiarity with the divine newcomer (p.

The Poet, the Polis and the Play 39 Sophocles' last drama, it is plausible to argue that the ever-moving spectacle on stage is connected with a network of contemporary circumstances by a thousand subtle and invisible strands of fifth-century sensitivity and reflection. In this chapter, an attempt was made to understand the broader social, political and indeed historical framework within which a motley audience, well-versed in the special ways of theatrical production so much improved by Sophocles' ingenious innovations and advances, watched the Athenian Oedipus and his eponymous drama at the Dionysia of the year 401 BCE.

34; cf. also Lefkowitz (1981), pp. 83-84. Cf. Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (1931 -1932), vol. 2, pp. 232-233; Dodds (1973a), p. 193. See the sobering comments in Buxton (1984), pp. 4-5; Kirkwood (1994), pp. 25-26; Auffarth (1995), p. 345-346; Parker (1996), p. 185, who is moreover particularly alert to the irony that Sophocles assisted in the introduction of a 'foreign' god to Athens - an act potentially detrimental to time-honoured ritual tradition. Nonetheless, he is right to downplay Sophocles' assumed boldness in entertaining a non-Attic deity in his own private house, taking into consideration the remarkably rapid expansion of the healingcult and the Athenians' relative familiarity with the divine newcomer (p.

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