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The reception of Sophocles' representation of physical pain

Budelmann, Felix (2007). The reception of Sophocles' representation of physical pain. American Journal of Philology, 128(4) pp. 443–467.

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Two of Sophocles' surviving tragedies contain scenes that portray the main character in excruciating pain for a sustained period of time: Philoctetes and Trachiniae. This article discusses three important stages in the reception history of these pain scenes: (1) Hercules Oetaeus, attributed to Seneca; (2) Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Laocoon treatise; and (3) recent European adaptations. In each case, it analyzes how the later playwrights, directors and theorists responded to certain complexities inherent in Sophocles' representation of pain. The conclusion briefly considers this reception history overall.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 1086-3168
Keywords: Sophocles; Philoctetes; Heracles; reception studies; Laocoon; Lessing; Seneca; pain
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 3286
Depositing User: Felix Budelmann
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:49
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