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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 seniority of Polyneikes in Aeschylus' Seven

The seniority of Polyneikes in Aeschylus' Seven

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(p.82) 5 The seniority of Polyneikes in Aeschylus' Seven
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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/9780199568314.003.0006

This chapter, noting that different versions of the story of Oedipus' sons Eteokles and Polyneikes make different assumptions about their relative age, seeks evidence bearing on this question in Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes. It finds that while Eteokles must be very young, Polyneikes is described as bearded. This is confirmed by an engraved Etruscan mirror showing the two brothers (names given) in the act of killing each other. Polyneikes' seniority will be the main basis for the claim he makes to be rightfully entitled to the Theban throne.

Keywords:   Aeschylus, Thebes, Eteokles, Polyneikes, seniority, bearded

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