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By William Allan
The Andromache has lengthy been disparaged regardless of being an excellent piece of theater. during this booklet Dr. Allan attracts realization to the overlooked artistry of this very extraordinary and fascinating textual content. via cautious research the Andromache emerges as a play that poses basic questions, in particular in regards to the polarity of Greek and barbarian, and the morality of the gods. Dr. Allan exhibits how the play additionally demanding situations revenge as a rationale for motion, and explores the position of ladies as other halves, moms, and sufferers of battle, be they Greek or Trojan, triumphant or defeated. those are one of the imperative issues that make the Andromache a relocating and thought-provoking tragedy, choked with affliction, suspense, and ethical curiosity. This publication contributes either to an appreciation of the Andromache in its personal correct, and to a much broader knowing of the range and caliber of Euripides' oeuvre.
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T h e t i s ' revelation of an unHomeric immortality for both Achilles and Peleus, and of cult-hero status for Neoptolemus, anchors the resolution in local cult traditions. 1 1 1 M o s t importantly, by using the Leuce cult, which was 'by far the most famous site of Achilles worship in antiquity', 1 1 2 and by stressing the idea of immortality, Euripides makes the honouring of the Aeacid house especially emphatic. M o s t strikingly, T h e t i s personally makes Peleus immortal and divine (adavarov d(j>dtr6v re Troirjow deov 1256, T shall make you a god, deathless and imperishable') and her promise is sanctioned by Zeus: Zrjvlyap SoKeirade ('for this is the will of Zeus', 1269).
29. 9 records a tradition that Pylades plotted the murder of Neoptolemus. 74 Hawcroft (1992) 83—91 analyses Oreste's rhetorical manipulation of Hermione and Andromaque in Racine's treatment of the myth. 7:> Kamerbeek (1943) 52. /6 Cf. Meridier (1927) 99 on the 'pessimistic, illusionless insight' of the play. Myth 25 of Andromache, Peleus and Neoptolemus into sharper relief, and intensifies the pathos of their suffering. Euripides could d o — a n d d i d — a n y t h i n g he wanted with myth. 7 7 He has chosen (for reasons we will discuss further in Chapter 8) to respect the tradition of Neoptolemus' burial at Delphi, where pilgrims will have seen the hero's temenos (cf.
T h e killing is attributed to Odysseus by ILiup. 62. 30 D, and Tro. 721—5 has Odysseus instigating the motion at the Greek assembly. 83 Cf. Stesich. 202, Ibycus 307 PMGF, Verg. Aen. 2. 506 ff. See LIMC V I I 773—9 and V I II 450—2 for illustrations and commentary. ' On the role of Neoptolemus in these images, cf. Shapiro (1994) 163—6. 84 Cf. Pohlenz (1954), ii. ' T h e killing of Astyanax w7as the central event of Ennius' tragedy Andromacha, which, like Euripides' Troades, wras set in the Greek camp at T r o y ; cf.
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