Apollo ξυνετός and σκαιός in the Attic Drama. The paper considers some epithets defining Apollo in Greek tragedy (as for instance ξυνετός in S. OT, σκαιός in E. El.). These terms habitually imply a judgement towards the god and his action. In Aeschylus’ and Sophocles’ plays, characters tend to condemn Apollo’s ministers and seers for their weird oracles, whereas in Euripides the accusations against the god and his confusing and apparently deceitful prophecies are more direct and blatant. These accusations are for Euripides the symptom of the limits of human knowledge.
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