The Reception of Sophocles' Representation of Physical Pain

  title={The Reception of Sophocles' Representation of Physical Pain},
  author={F. Budelmann},
  journal={American Journal of Philology},
  pages={443 - 467}
  • F. Budelmann
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • American Journal of Philology
Two of Sophocles' surviving tragedies contain scenes that portray the main character in excruciating pain for a sustained period of time: Philoctetes and Trachiniae. This article discusses three important stages in the reception history of these pain scenes: (1) Hercules Oetaeus, attributed to Seneca, (2) Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Laocoon treatise, and (3) recent European adaptations. In each case, it analyzes how the later playwrights, directors, and theorists responded to certain… Expand
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