n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Semele and the death of Actaeon : Aeschylus, Fr. 221 (Radt)
|Article Title||Semele and the death of Actaeon : Aeschylus, Fr. 221 (Radt)|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2006|
|Pages||121 - 127|
Fr. 221 of Aeschylus is a one-line fragment that comes from the lost play of Aeschylus Semele / Hydrophoroi and suggests that the body of Actaeon was on stage after being killed by Zeus. A version that combined the death of Actaeon with the story of Zeus and Semele featured in Stesichorus and Hesiod in contradistinction with the more common version that included his death after insulting Artemis, as found in later sources. Aeschylus' choice to include the death of Actaeon in Semele, if the two stories could indeed exist independently as early as the early 5th century BC, can perhaps be explained by the function that the poet gave to this element in the play.
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