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Allusions in Stasimon 4 of Antigone

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1 Allusions in Stasimon 4 of Antigone

2 Danae

3 Danae was imprisoned when it was foretold that she would mother a son who would kill her father, King Acrisios. Her beauty attracted Zeus, who visited her in the form of a shower of gold.

4 Perseus, Danae’s son, was born of the union, and Danae was exiled with the child.

5 Years later, as prophesied, the boy did kill Acrisios, whom he failed to recognize as his grandfather.

6 King Lycurgus

7 Dryas’ son was Lycurgus, a mythological king whose opposition to the worship of Dionysus was severely punished by the gods.

8 Lycrugus drove the followers of Dionysus from Thrace and was subsequently driven insane.

9 He recovered from his madness while imprisoned in a cave, but he was later blinded by Zeus as additional

10 Ares/Sons of Phineus

11 The chorus refers to the story of King Phineus of Salmydessus in Thrace. Phineus imprisoned his first wife, Cleopatra (not the Egyptian queen), after marrying a second wife, Idaea.

12 Out of jealousy, Idaea made false accusations of treachery against Cleopatra’s sons, Plesippus and Pandion, and put out their eyes with a weaver’s spindle.

13 Zeus, angry that Phineas revealed too much of the plans of the gods, punished him by blinding him and setting him on an island with a buffet of food.

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