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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.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ajp.2008.0006
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Abstract

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: Arts > Classical Studies
Item ID: 3286
Depositing User: Felix Budelmann
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 10:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3286
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