- Title Pages
- 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- 3. The Protection of the Self and the Role of <i>Sophia</i>
- 4. Some Connotations of <i>Sophia</i>
- 5. Polyneices’s Truth
- 6. Hecuba’s Rhetoric
- 7. Eros in Euripides’s Poetics: Sex as the Cause of the Trojan War
- 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- 9. The Power of Love: Who Is Aphrodite?
- 10. Phaedra
- 11. Hermione: The <i>Andromache</i>
- 12. Female Victims of War: The <i>Troades</i>
- 13. The Survival in Poetry
- 14. Figures of Metalepsis: The Invention of “Literature”
- 15. The Failure of Politics in Euripides’s Poetics: Politics in the <i>Suppliant Women</i>
- 16. Political Philosophy: A Universal Program of Peace and Progress
- 17. How to Deliberate a War
- 18. Democracy and Monarchy
- 19. The Battle
- 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- 21. Return to Arms
- 22. The Polis’s Loss of Control and Authority
- 23. The Bacchants’ Gospel and the Greek City
- 24. Pentheus and Teiresias
- 25. Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round
- 26. Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon
- 27. Initiation and Sacrifice
- 28. Victory and Defeat
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Subject Index
- Index Locorum
The Rescue of the Corpses
The Rescue of the Corpses
- (p.128) 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter focuses on Athens's splendid action of rescuing the Argive corpses. In the presence of the Argive corpses, which ostensibly would be placed on the stage, their mothers, friends, and children lament their death and contemplate the future that remains for the survivors. Athens's rescue of the corpses is almost forgotten. Although Theseus's glory is mentioned, the supposed idealism and nobility of the event are covered by the darkness of death that descends on the stage and dominates the dramatic action. This chapter examines how Euripides produces contradictory, oxymoronic feelings for the mothers of the Argive corpses. It also considers the mothers' rejection of maternity and how Theseus promotes the champions' courage as an example for their children to follow. It also compares Theseus's victory with that of Evadne, with particular emphasis on the rescue of Capaneus's body.
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