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Hellenic Whispers

Modes of Greek Literary Influence in Seventeenth-Century French Drama

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Susanna Phillippo

Hellenic Whispers builds a picture of how Greek literature was received and reworked by the authors of seventeenth-century French tragedy. Using case studies, the author establishes a new methodology for exploring the variety of responses and creative processes involved in these encounters with classical Greek material. The book explores the complex interactions surrounding these adaptations of Greek dramatic material, involving the input of scribes, editors, translators and earlier authors, and asks the important question of what these dramatists conceived of themselves as doing. Focusing on a time and place where cultural predilections and a lack of linguistic training made engagement with the original Greek texts problematic, the book explores the creative role of intermediary sources, the build-up of chain reactions between sources and the cumulative processes of recreation involved in the genesis of seventeenth-century dramatic texts. The volume also goes on to explore wider questions relevant to the classical tradition and issues of ‘source study’ and reception.

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Accius 355, 365 Achilles 18–19, 33, 63, 152, 158, 161–3, 166–7, 188, 191, 201–2, 204, 205–7, 209– 10, 226–8, 229 n.126, 231, 232, 234, 238, 241, 242, 243–8, 249, 250–3, 256 n.172, 265, 269–94 passim, 300, 305, 306–7, 312–13, 314 n.253, 317 & n.257, 319–21, 334–8, 345–6, 348, 362 n.20, 364, 376, 381, 386, 390, 399, 428, 431, 434–8, 442–3, 451, 461, 463, 465, 477–8, 481, 511, 512, 514–17, 523 n.5, 537 ‘foretold future’ 238, 244, 245, 246–7, 252–3, 265, 305 ‘son of Achilles’ motif 399, 427–9, 430, 431, 433–8, 440–3, 450–1, 465, 472, 474–80, 489, 512, 537 Aegisthus 34, 135, 224–5, 344 Aeneas 357, 358 n.13, 359, 361–2, 371, 447, 448 n.162, 453, 458 Aeschylus 11, 43, 56 Agamemnon 37, 40 n.40, 57 n.9, 72, 77, 87, 96, 111, 129, 133–4, 135–6, 138, 142, 144, Ch.4 passim esp. 192–5, 239–43, 258–68, 322–31, 364, 376, 378, 383–5, 390–1, 394–8, 400–1, 404 n.95, 405, 412, 428, 435–8, 441–2, 451 n.166, 465–6, 468, 477, 478 & n.190, 510, 512–17 passim, 522–3, 524 n.6, 526, 528–30, 532–3, 534, 536 sacrifice of daughter, motivation for 158–61, 164, 168–70, 171, 174, 181, 193–5, 231, 232–3, 239–41, 243, 261–5, 267, 290–1, 297, 316–17, 325–8, 346,...

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