Chapter

Line for Line

Simon Goldhill

in Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932870 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796274.003.0003

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

Line for Line

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This chapter explores Sophocles’ ability to manipulate the resource of stichomythia, line for line dialogue. It shows the unique density of his dramatic language, and how the device of stichomythia is used to stage the violence of language and the power plays of actors on stage.

Keywords: Sophocles; language; dialogue; violence

Chapter.  12237 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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