Quando la censura non fa spettacolo: il 'Crisippo' di Euripide

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Francesco Carpanelli


The essay shows that fragmentary tragedies can highlight hidden aspects of an author, but they can also be used instrumentally. This happened for instance for Euripides’ Chrysippus, where several scholars interpreted the few fragments we have of the play in a moralizing way. Read in this perspective, the tragedy becomes then a work aimed at strongly condemning love for boys, which was a favourite activity of Athenian aristocratic classes. My reading of the sources provides ground against this interpretation, which actually overturned more sustained and widespread readings of Euripides’ poetics.


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Carpanelli, F. (2019). Quando la censura non fa spettacolo: il ’Crisippo’ di Euripide. Frammenti Sulla Scena (online), 48-76. https://doi.org/10.13135/2612-3908/3244

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