Euripidean tragedy and quotation culture: the case of Stheneboea F661
American Journal of Philology
Johns Hopkins University Press
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This article examines how a tragic quotation (Euripides, Stheneboea F661) is deployed by those who quote it, and it uses this example as a test case to address broader questions about quotation culture and reading habits in antiquity. F661 can be read both in and out of context: it is argued that the utterance is formulated in such a way that it lends itself to this dual function. It is further argued that the positioning of the quotation at the start of the play constitutes a framing device analogous to the use of paratextual epigraphs in other types of texts.
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Vol. 137 (4), pp. 601-623