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The Tangled Ways of ZeusAnd Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy$
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Alan H. Sommerstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.001.0001

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Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here

Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here

(p.250) 17 Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here
The Tangled Ways of Zeus

Alan H. Sommerstein (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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 were produced together, in view of the close connections among the stories they dramatize. It concludes that there are powerful objections to any putative trilogy consisting of three of these five plays, and that they were probably all produced on separate occasions. Palamedes and The Arrival of Nauplius, as single plays, will both have ended — as do five of the seven Sophoclean plays that survive in full — under the shadow of future events well known to the audience but completely, or almost completely, concealed from the characters.

Keywords:   Sophocles, fragmentary, Odysseus, Palamedes, Nauplius, Ajax the Locrian

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