n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Stoic morality and Polyxena's 'free' death in Euripides'

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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External compulsion makes Polyxena's sacrificial death inescapable. She herself wants to die, but to do so bravely and freely. This, however, is impossible so long as freedom is conceived in material terms. The Stoic ethic, on the other hand, would make sense of her stagey death and her otherwise futile attempt to demonstrate an illusory freedom. The nobility with which she faces her death would then testify to an indestructible moral freedom.

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