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Philoctetes (-409) [Play]
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Summary (From the publisher):

En route to fight the Trojan War, the Greek army has abandoned Philoctetes, after the smell of his festering wound made it unbearable to keep him on ship. Ten years later, an oracle makes it clear that the war cannot be won without the assistance of Philoctetes and his famous bow, inherited from Hercules himself. Philoctetes focuses on the attempt of the heroes Odysseus and Neoptolemus to persuade the bowman to sail with them to Troy. First, though, they must assuage his bitterness over having been abandoned, then win his trust. But how should they do this--through trickery, or with the truth? To what extent do the ends justify the means? To what degree should private interest be compromised for the sake of public duty? These are among the questions that Sophocles puts forward in this, one of his most morally complex and penetrating plays.

Original title: Φιλοκτήτης

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Genre: Drama and PlaysAncientGreekTragedy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Electra and Other Plays (1953) [Collection]
      Author: Sophocles
     Four Tragedies (2007) [Collection]
      Author: Sophocles

Edition #1: Philoctetes

Philoctetes (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Peter Meineck Paul Woodruff
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Edition #2: Philoctetes

Philoctetes (2003)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals.


Each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play.


Introduction and notes by Diskin Clay

Language: English

Edition: Greek Tragedy in New Translations series
Translated by: Carl Phillips
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Manifested in:

Philoctetes (2003)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195136579
Pages: 118

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Edition #3: Philoctetes

Philoctetes (2001)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

Classical Greek drama is brought vividly to life in this series of new translations. The new versions remain faithful to the original Greek, yet the language has all the immediacy of contemporary English. The result is a series of genuinely actable plays, which bring students as close as possible to the playwright's original words and intentions.


Includes a full synopsis of the play, detailed commentary running alongside the translation for easy reference, background information setting the play in context, notes on pronunciation and suggestions for discussion and analysis.

Language: English

Edition: Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama
Translated by: Judith Affleck
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Manifested in:

Philoctetes (2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521644801
Pages: 128

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Edition #4: Philoctetes

Philoctetes (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation (Dewhurst)
Translated by: Keith Dewhurst
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Philoctetes (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1870259939
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 56

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Edition #5: Philoktetes

Philoktetes (1986)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation (McNamee)
Translated by: Gregory McNamee
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Philoktetes (1986)

Place of publication: Port Townsend, WA
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
ISBN: 1556590024
Pages: 76

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