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Notes On The Parodos-Scene In Euripides’ Heraclidae, 73–117

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In response to Iolaus cry for help, the chorus in Heraclidae enter at a run, and the Parodos takes a form appropriate to that. Instead of choral song-and-dance, what follows, after an exceptionally brief non-strophic entry-passage, is an amoibaion first between the Chorus-leader and Iolaus, then between the Chorus-leader and Herald, musical only as featuring some half-chanted sequences in the Chorus-leaders utterances. 7898 is abnormally long for a strophe in a partly spoken amoibaion. In such contexts Euripides favoured symmetry between much shorter divided sequences (cf. Alc. 24465, Hipp. 57190, Andr. 82540), when the amoibaion is not wholly astrophic (as in Hec. 683 720, Tro. 23977, etc.).

Keywords: Chorus-leader; Euripides; Heraclidae 73117; Herald; Iolaus; Parodos; strophe



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