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Philoctetes

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By: (495-406 BC)

Sophocles' play recounts an episode from the Trojan War, in which the wily Odysseus and Achilles' son Neoptolemus travel to a remote island to persuade Philoctetes to come with them to Troy. A prophet has foreseen that the Greeks will need Philoctetes and his bow (given to him by Heracles before his death) in order to defeat the Trojans. The problem is that years before Odysseus had engineered Philoctetes' abandonment on the island, due to a festering, stinking wound he had received from a snakebite. Will Philoctetes forgive and forget, or will he take his revenge?

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SOPHOCLES

THE SEVEN PLAYS IN ENGLISH VERSE

BY LEWIS CAMPBELL, M.A.

HON. LL.D., HON. D.LITT. EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF GREEK IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS HON. FELLOW OF BALLIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD

[Illustration: THE WORLD'S CLASSICS]

NEW EDITION, REVISED

HENRY FROWDE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS LONDON, NEW YORK AND TORONTO

SOPHOCLES

Born at Colonos probably 495 B.C. Died 406 B.C.

The present translation was first published in 'The World's Classics' in 1906.

Sie hören nicht die folgenden Gesänge, Die Seelen, denen ich die ersten sang.

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