P.Oxy. 2163 fr. 1 : interpretazioni sceniche sul silenzio di Achille

Title: P.Oxy. 2163 fr. 1 : interpretazioni sceniche sul silenzio di Achille
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  • P.Oxy. 2163 fr. 1 : Scenic Interpretations of the Silence of Achilles
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2019, vol. 24, iss. 1, pp. 29-39
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
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The earliest indirect evidence about silence on the Aeschylean stage is in Aristophanes, Frogs 911–913, where Euripides mentions an Achilles who is silent and fixed for a large part of a drama. The difficulty in interpreting these verses is due to the fragmentary trilogy of Achilles: in fact, only Mirmidones, thanks to P. Oxy. 2163, show some information about the use of silence in performance. In particular, fr. 11 of the papyrus attests a characterization of the veiled, seated, and twisted main character, just testified in the scholia vetera of Frogs. Thanks to this, it is possible to underline the silence typology, body language and performative elements of Achilles' character. Aeschylus creates an innovative theatre in which the absence of sound expresses feelings better than speeches do.
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