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Euripides, Supplices 71–86 And The Chorus Of ‘Attendants’

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The first choral ode of Euripides Supplices ends with two stanzas of lyric-iambic threnody, following four stanzas of supplication in ionic metre (4270). The concluding theme of death-wishing grief is hyperbolic; but it was a traditional function of ritual lamentation, with real or mimed self-mutilation, to afford a controlled outlet for the extravagant and potentially suicidal grief of bereaved Greek women. There are objections prima facie to interpreting the lamenting in 72 as mere stage-extras, with 7186 still sung by the same Chorus of Mothers; and a quite different solution to the problem appears to have been overlooked.

Keywords: chorus of mothers; Euripides; Greek tragedy; ritual lamentation; Supplices 7186



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