A Tale of Two Sisters: Studies in Sophocles’ Tereus

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This paper aims to reassess the role of sister- and siblinghood in the
fragmentary Tereus of Sophocles, a play unusual in its dramatization of a close
and collaborative relationship between two sisters. The plot hinges on their
recognition and reunion, and the all-female bond of sisterhood is shown to
outweigh both wife-husband and mother-son obligations. Finally, a close reading
of three fragments suggests that the play was characterized by the language
and imagery of siblinghood, which reflect the thematic centrality of sisterhood
to this tragedy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-382
Number of pages36
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Sophocles


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