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Euripides’ Lost Phoenissae: The Fragments

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This section contains the fragments of Euripides' lost Phoenissae. The fragments of the Hypsipyle constitute the largest surviving portion of all Euripides' lost plays, with entire scenes surviving in relative completion. The nature of this survival allows us to indulge in thematic interpretations in a way that is simply impossible with other fragments whose preservation is woefully less complete. One theme in the Hypsipyle that has not received enough attention is consolation. It has long been recognized that the Hypsipyle fragments contain consolatory gestures which, along with their underlying doctrines, would become standard in the later genre of the consolatio letter.

Keywords: consolation; Euripides' lost Phoenissae; Hypsipyle fragments



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