n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Apollo's comedy and the ending of Euripides'

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In this paper, I contend that major characters in the , especially Apollo and Creusa, behave like playwrights. Apollo attempts to produce an action with a happy ending, while the Athenians attempt to produce a 'vengeance drama', which fails thanks to a salvific bird. When the 'vengeance drama' fails, a 'suppliant drama' unexpectedly breaks out, only to be checked by the Pythia. Finally, a third drama threatens to erupt as Ion is on the verge of becoming a . Athena, however, resolves this situation. The failure or resolution of these three 'micro-dramas' is brought about by Apollo, who sends a bird, the Pythia, and Athena, to redirect the drama towards his intended happy ending. Therefore, I suggest that the ending of the holds a unique place in Greek drama since it arguably has what could be construed as a triple .


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