Bacchylides playing tragic

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This paper focuses on features in Bacchylides’ poetry that have been mainly associated with the tragic genre: human error, the ignorance of tragic characters, the audience’s privileged knowledge at a tragic and lyric performance and its activation, tragic irony, and the audience’s participation in the completion of mythological narratives. As evidence of Bacchylides’ tragic aura I analyse the figures of Deianeira and Heracles in Odes 5 and 16 in connection with the story in Sophocles’ Trachiniae; the resemblance of the structure of Ode 18 with encounters with the tragic chorus and how it creates internal and external audiences; questions of closures and narratives endings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationΦΑΙΔΙΜΟΣ ΕΚΤΩΡ
Subtitle of host publicationStudi in onore di Willy Cingano per il suo 70° compleanno
EditorsEnrico Emanuele Prodi, Stefano Vecchiato
Place of PublicationVenice
PublisherEdizioni Ca' Foscari
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9788869695483
ISBN (Print)9788869695490
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameAntichistica: Filologia e letteratura
PublisherEdizioni Ca' Foscari
ISSN (Print)2610-8836
ISSN (Electronic)2610-9352


  • Knowledge
  • Narrative
  • Tragedy
  • Audience
  • Human error
  • Tragic irony
  • Lyric poetry


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