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The Alexandra of LycophronA Literary Study$
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Charles McNelis and Alexander Sens

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601899

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601899.001.0001

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Other Greek Heroes

Other Greek Heroes

Diomedes, Philoctetes, and Agamemnon

(p.159) 7 Other Greek Heroes
The Alexandra of Lycophron

Charles McNelis

Alexander Sens

Oxford University Press

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 Italy in a manner far different than is imagined at the end of Sophocles’ eponymous play. Diomedes is treated as an analogue of Odysseus. By reconfiguring the transformation of companions into birds so that it occurs in his lifetime Cassandra augments his suffering, and although she treats him as a city-founder, she calls attention to the problematic relationship of his community to the native Italian population. Finally, Agamemnon’s death with Cassandra is predicted in a way that engages closely with the models of Homer and Aeschylus.

Keywords:   Diomedes, Philoctetes, Agamemnon, Cassandra, city-founder, Sophocles, Homer, Aeschylus

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