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Synthesis (La Plata)

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YOSHIE HIRATA, Filomena. Synthesis (La Plata) [online]. 2002, vol.9, pp. 11-20. ISSN 0328-1205.

Theseus appears in three tragedies as the important king of Athens, who comes to help, a mythically well established figure since the sixth century B.C. In Euripides' Heracles and in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, he appears on the stage to help two great heroes, Heracles and Oedipus, and in the painful condition in which these encounters occur, there is a deep identification between both heroes -Theseus and Heracles, in one tragedy, and Theseus and Oedipus, in the other- identification in human greatness and suffering. However, this paper deals with the third tragedy, Euripides' Suppliants, in which Theseus is called to help Adrastus. But, here, nothing brings the two together, there is no affinity between them. Adrastus is represented as an ordinary man, deprived of his past honour and defeated by misfortune because this is ascribed to his foolishness.

Palabras clave : Theseus; Heracles; Oedipus; Adrastus; Seven against Thebes; Athenas.

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