Questions tagged [philoctetes]

Questions about the play "Philoctetes" (also known as "Philoktetes") by Sophocles, written during the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BCE. It is centered around Odysseus's attempt, by sending Neoptolemus, to bring the titular archer back to the Trojan War. Use with [sophocles] and [greek-literature]

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Why does Odysseus decide to leave without Philoktetes?

I am reading James Scully's translation of Philoktetes (also known as Philoctetes), in The Complete Plays of Sophocles, translated by Robert Bagg & James Scully. At one point, after getting ...
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Purpose of the stage direction "Burst of light, fading. Distant rumbling." in "Philoktetes"

I am reading James Scully's translation of Philoktetes (also known as Philoctetes), in The Complete Plays of Sophocles, translated by Robert Bagg & James Scully. There was a stage direction which ...
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Why does the chorus pray to Rhea in "Philoktetes"?

This is from James Scully's translation of Philoktetes (also known as Philoctetes), in The Complete Plays of Sophocles, translated by Robert Bagg & James Scully. After Neoptolemos tells ...
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Why is Philoktetes specifically hunting "doves"?

I am reading James Scully's translation of Philoktetes (also known as Philoctetes), in The Complete Plays of Sophocles, translated by Robert Bagg & James Scully. Twice it is mentioned that the ...
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