Sophocles' wedding cakes (Eris fr. 199)

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Abstract

This paper uncovers the connotations of the cakes (ἴτρια) mentioned in Sophocles fr. 199 and argues that they provide hitherto overlooked evidence to reinforce the thesis that Eris was a satyr play set at the wedding feast of Peleus and Thetis. The cakes are shown to be compatible with a wedding banquet setting, which is strongly indicative of satyr drama. Finally, it is suggested that Eris herself may have spoken the line.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-957
Number of pages20
JournalMnemosyne
Volume71
Issue number6
Early online date1 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Sophocles
  • Eris
  • Satyr play
  • Weddings
  • Cakes

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