Individual and collective in Persians

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Persians dramatises both Xerxes’ personal tragedy and the tragedy of Persia as a whole. This essay examines the means by which these two aspects of the Persian defeat are linked in the course of the play, with a particular focus on the metaphorical language of binding and separation introduced in the parodos. The references to Xerxes’ subsidiary commanders - the names of many of whom are catalogued at various points in the play – will turn out to play a particularly significant role in highlighting the interdependence of king and empire.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLooking at Persians
EditorsDavid Stuttard
Place of PublicationLondon
Pages85- 98
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781350227934, 9781350227958
ISBN (Print)9781350227927, 9781350227965
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2022


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