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Euripides’s Revolution under CoverAn Essay$
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Pietro Pucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700613

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.001.0001

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Return to Arms

Return to Arms

Chapter:
(p.138) 21. Return to Arms
Source:
Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
Author(s):

Pietro Pucci

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.003.0021

This chapter focuses on Athens's return to arms following Theseus's victory. The children of the Argive champions have heard Adrastus praise their fathers' courage: they now carry the urns containing the ashes of their fallen fathers, take over the empty houses, and express a wish for vengeance. Athena asks Theseus to compel the Argives to swear loyalty to Athens and prophesies the war of the Epigoni, celebrating their victory over Thebes. As Athena praises the revenge the children of the champions will take against Thebes, she uses the epic image of Diomedes and Aigialeus as “lion cubs, sackers of the city.” This chapter considers Athena's approval of the strategies and activities of the kind of politics that rushes to war. It also examines Theseus's war for the burial of the champions and Athena's lack of concern for the ethics or religious law regarding burying the corpses.

Keywords:   burial, Athens, Theseus, champions, Athena, war, Thebes, revenge, politics, corpses

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