Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Sleep After Labour In Euripides’ Heracles

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

πόνοc in general a common word in Greek tragedy, is a cardinal theme in the Heracles. In the first half of the play the glorious saving Labours of the warrior Hero with his bow, club and other weaponry are retrospectively evoked and further enacted. But there was a darker aspect of πόνοc, especially prominent in tragedy, which is concerned with the sufferings of humanity. According to what we may call the tragic view, toil is the universal lot of man, in one form or another; and in many contexts πόνοc toils can be translated as afflictions. This is the right kind of proleptic touch, implying that the presently envisaged sacrifice (a favourite kind of irony) and the future killing of Eurystheus are both πόνοc in Heracles deranged mind.

Keywords: Euripides; Greek tragedy; Heracles; labour; toil



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Collected Papers on Greek Tragedy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation