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The Tangled Ways of ZeusAnd Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy$
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Alan H. Sommerstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.001.0001

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The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?

The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?

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(p.171) 10 The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?
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The Tangled Ways of Zeus
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Alan H. Sommerstein (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0011

This chapter notes that the omen of the eagles and the hare (Aeschylus, Agamemnon 108–20) is described as having appeared to Agamemnon and Menelaus ‘near the house’, and argues that the ‘house’ referred to can only be the palace they share at Argos; the scene of the action narrated by the chorus only moves to Aulis after line 184. Scholars have been misled by recollection of another omen on which this one is partly modelled, that of Iliad 2.299–330. That the omen appears near the palace at Argos is highly appropriate given that it is interpreted as being deadly, not for the army that mustered at Aulis, but ‘for the royal house’ (157).

Keywords:   Aeschylus, Agamemnon, omen, palace, house, Argos, Aulis

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