A.1. Self-characterisation in Rhesus 394-424

Efi Papadodima


This short note pays close attention to the way in which the tragic Hector speaks about himself in his exchange with Rhesus (Rhesus 394–424). Hector’s appeal to his natural disposition as the agent that not only determines his particular way of relating to his fellows but also — albeit more implicitly — drives him to initiate the debate with the Thracian king, as suggested by his closing words, is a quite rare instance in tragic poetry.


Greek; tragedy

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