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Entrances, Exits And Locations In Aeschylus’ Persae

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Partly because of its early date the staging of Aeschylus' Persae has been especially controversial: in particular, whether or not there was any skene, and how it was used; how the Tomb of Darius was shown, with the appearance from it of Darius' ghost; and the location/nature of the 'Council-chamber' to which the Chorus direct their initial entry. A neglected article by Bees has persuasively contested an erroneous communis opinio as to the entrance of Atossa. Atossa's two very different entrances are variously determinative, and associable with the 'Three Act' structure of the play. The three Acts are associated with three distinct locations: the 'Council-chamber' with its seats in Act One, the Tomb of Darius in Act Two, and the Palace in Act Three as Xerxes' destination.

Keywords: Aeschylus' Persae; Atossa; Council-chamber; Tomb of Darius; Xerxes



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