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Word And Image In Ancient Greece$
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N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

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Vases and Tragic Drama: Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ lost Tereus

Vases and Tragic Drama: Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ lost Tereus

(p.119) 7 Vases and Tragic Drama: Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ lost Tereus
Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Jenny March

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines ancient literature and art, and how they, taken together, can help throw light on tragedies in Greece, both lost and extant. It considers child murder, beginning with Euripides' Medea, and then focuses on the myth of Tereus, Procne and Philomela. The chapter shows how word and image, looked at in tandem, can help to throw light, in this case, on Sophocles' lost tragedy Tereus. This is the myth of the nightingale, the very image of grief in so much of Greek poetry, who laments the death of Itys forever. Children are killed in several of the Greek myths, and the infanticide par excellence is, of course, Medea.

Keywords:   literature, tragedies, Greece, Euripides, Medea, myth, Tereus, Procne, Philomela, Sophocles

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