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Sophocles, Oedipus The King, 1480


nanLack-luster sockets of his once bright eyes; Hands of a man who blindly, recklessly, Became your sire by her from whom he sprang. Though I cannot behold you, I must weep In thinking of the evil days to come, The slights and wrongs that men will put upon you. Where'er ye go to feast or festival, No merrymaking will it prove for you, But oft abashed in tears ye will return. And when ye come to marriageable years, Where's the bold wooers who will jeopardize To take unto himself such disrepute As to my children's children still must cling, For what of infamy is lacking here? "Their father slew his father, sowed the seed Where he himself was gendered, and begat These maidens at the source wherefrom he sprang." Such are the gibes that men will cast at you. Who then will wed you? None, I ween, but ye Must pine, poor maids, in single barrenness.


nanMy children, where are you? Come, here, here to the hands of the one whose mother was your own, the hands that have made your father’s once bright eyes to be such orbs as these—his, who seeing nothing, knowing nothing


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

5 results
1. Sophocles, Ajax, 1224, 542, 1223 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Sophocles, Antigone, 1087, 1108-1110, 1320, 491, 578, 885, 988-989, 1012 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3. Sophocles, Oedipus The King, 1185, 1193-1195, 1207-1210, 1213, 1223-1296, 1298, 1306, 1329, 1340-1341, 1345-1348, 1360-1385, 1388, 1391-1402, 1409-1415, 1426-1427, 1449-1454, 1473-1479, 1481-1514, 1518-1519, 412-413, 1072 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

4. Ovid, Tristia, 4.2 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

5. Quintilian, Institutes of Oratory, 6.2.26, 8.3.62 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

6.2.26.  The prime essential for stirring the emotions of others is, in my opinion, first to feel those emotions oneself. It is sometimes positively ridiculous to counterfeit grief, anger and indignation, if we content ourselves with accommodating our words and looks and make no attempt to adapt our own feelings to the emotions to be expressed. What other reason is there for the eloquence with which mourners express their grief, or for the fluency which anger lends even to the uneducated, save the fact that their minds are stirred to power by the depth and sincerity of their feelings? 8.3.62.  It is a great gift to be able to set forth the facts on which we are speaking clearly and vividly. For oratory fails of its full effect, and does not assert itself as it should, if its appeal is merely to the hearing, and if the judge merely feels that the facts on which he has to give his decision are being narrated to him, and not displayed in their living truth to the eyes of the mind.


Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
actors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
agamemnon, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
ajax, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
antigone (sophocles), characters in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
blindness Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
bronfen, elisabeth Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
cithaeron, and oedipus Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513, 514
council, nocturnal Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
creon, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
darkness Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
daylight Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
descartes, rené Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
divination Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
dreams Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
episodes, of oedipus the king (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513
exodos, of oedipus the king (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513, 514
extras Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
hegel, georg wilhelm friedrich Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
hippocrates, on extras Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
insight Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
ismene, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
lamp, pollution Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
light and darkness, artificial Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
mutes Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
oedipus, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
oedipus Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513, 514; Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
oedipus at colonus (sophocles), actors in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
oedipus the king (sophocles), actors in Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
oedipus the king (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513, 514
past, the, and oedipus Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513, 514
perception Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
phantasia Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
plato Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
poet Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
rhetoric Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
senses Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
silence, of minor characters Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
sophocles Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
space Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
spectacle, and extras Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 203
stasima, of oedipus the king (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513
structure, of oedipus the king (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 513
tiresias Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5
vision' Ker and Wessels, The Values of Nighttime in Classical Antiquity: Between Dusk and Dawn (2020) 5