τὸν πρόσθε: Polyneices alludes to his right as the firstborn, 1294, 1422: Eur. (Phoen. 71) followed the common account in making Eteocles the elder. The change adopted by Soph. is here a twofold dramatic gain; for (a) Polyneices, who is to come on the scene, can be treated as the foremost ofiender; (b) Eteocles has now a special fault, and so the curse on both sons is further justified (421).
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.