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ON THE SUPPLIANTS' SPRINT: THE SOCIORELIGIOUS CONTEXT OF SOPHOCLES' OEDIPUS TYRANNUS 1–3

LUCCA DANIEL GREEN
The Classical Journal
Vol. 109, No. 2 (December 2013-January 2014), pp. 129-137
DOI: 10.5184/classicalj.109.2.0129
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5184/classicalj.109.2.0129
Page Count: 9
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ON THE SUPPLIANTS' SPRINT: THE SOCIORELIGIOUS CONTEXT OF SOPHOCLES' OEDIPUS TYRANNUS 1–3
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Abstract

I reexamine the opening three lines of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, specifically, the meaning of θοάζετε in line 2. Using the socioreligious institution of supplication to reframe the issue, I argue that the word, typically translated as “you sit,” is to be read as “you hasten,” and must thus be regarded as an expression of the approach required by the supplicatory ritual.

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