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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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Aeschylus' epitaph

Aeschylus' epitaph

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(p.195) 13 Aeschylus' epitaph
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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/9780199568314.003.0014

This chapter argues that the epitaph on Aeschylus cited by his ancient biographer and others — which commemorates him as one who fought bravely at Marathon without mentioning his poetry — while unlikely to be by Aeschylus himself was probably written soon after his death by a member of his family and inscribed on his tomb at Gela. Features of its language which have been claimed to be Hellenistic are in fact well attested in the classical period, and the unusual use of alsos in the sense ‘level expanse’ (instead of ‘sacred grove, glade, sacred enclosure’) is confined to Aeschylus and his contemporaries.

Keywords:   Aeschylus, tomb, epitaph, Gela, Marathon, alsos

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