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Aeschylus, Agamemnon 173–85 And 205–17

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Chapter Summary

The so-called 'Hymn to Zeus' in the Agamemnon Parodos ends, and the narrative is resumed, in lines 173-85. This text differs in many ways from those of Fraenkel, Denniston-Page, Page and West. The stanza 176-83 (third and last in the 'hymn') has a tripartite structure; these are outlined in this chapter. The author does not agree with West that in 214-17 Agamemnon 'is still trying to resist the call to sacrifice his daughter'. Agamemnon could not bear the thought of being branded a 'deserter. These are ΚαΚά that he should have been prepared to endure. The logic is skewed, in that refusal to sacrifice one's daughter is not 'desertion'.

Keywords: Agamemnon; Aeschylus; Greek host; Hymn to Zeus



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