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Sophocles’ Wedding Cakes (Eris fr. 199)

In: Mnemosyne
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Lyndsay Coo University of Bristol, Department of Classics and Ancient History

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Abstract

This paper uncovers the connotations of the cakes (ἴτρια) mentioned in Sophocles fr. 199 and argues that they provide hitherto overlooked evidence to reinforce the thesis that Eris was a satyr play set at the wedding feast of Peleus and Thetis. The cakes are shown to be compatible with a wedding banquet setting, which is strongly indicative of satyr drama. Finally, it is suggested that Eris herself may have spoken the line.

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