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Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780856687655

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856687655.001.0001

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Syndeipnoi (The Diners) OR achaiôn syllogos (the gathering of the achaeans)

Syndeipnoi (The Diners) OR achaiôn syllogos (the gathering of the achaeans)

(p.84) Syndeipnoi (The Diners) OR achaiôn syllogos (the gathering of the achaeans)
Sophocles: Selected Fragmentary Plays

Alan H. Sommerstein

David Fitzpatrick

Thomas Talboy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Sophocles's play Syndeipnoi or Achaiôn Syllogos, which is based on two separate stories about quarrels among the leaders of the Achaean army during the Trojan war. It recounts how the stories appears first in the Odyssey and then in Cypria, in which the cyclic epic is narrated in the Trojan War saga from its beginning up to the point where the Iliad commences. It also compares the quarrel between Achilles and Odysseus in the Odyssey from the quarrel in the Cypria, which took place when the Achaeans saw Troy for the first time. The chapter explains how Sophocles merged the two stories into his play by inserting the Odyssey's Achilles-Odysseus quarrel into the framework of the Cypria's Tenedos feast. It analyses the eight surviving citations from Sophocles' Syndeipnoi and six citations from Achaiôn Syllogos.

Keywords:   Sophocles, Syndeipnoi, Achaiôn Syllogos, Achaean army, Trojan war, Achilles, Odysseus

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