The Argives had arrived with the crew of the Paralos, who had then been ordered by the Four Hundred to sail around Euboea on a troop-carrier.
Some Argive envoys reached Samos to assure the Athenians of Argos' loyalty.
What obligates the Argives
to make war with Trojans?
At this point, where attention is removed from the approaching Argives and placed on the showdown between the pair, the Chorus concentrate on their king and his own way of handling the situation.
Indeed, the personal names commented on in the play belong to members of the royal oikos and so more evidently stress their tight bond, and by extension the family's inherent and chronic pollution, rather than distinguish Thebans and Argives (either physically or morally).
5) For the image of the Argives as foreign invaders, see e.
In the first part of the drama, these references concern the Argive assailants (Parthenopaeus and Polynices) and aim at accentuating these men's belligerent and lawless disposition.
Zeus' promises to Hektor and the Trojans can come to fruition only if he personally eliminates the Argive champion as a factor.
6) After relating an extended story of Zeus'harming of Aias, Whitman identifies two of these interactions--Zeus' giving an omen of Argive victory to Aias in 13 and his removal of the mist in 17.
The seven other points of contact between Zeus and Aias in the text arc the Argive prayers to Zeus before the Aias/Hektor mono-machia in Book 7, Idaios' statement about Zeus' will after the battle, the god's works against Aias in Books 8, 11, and 16, and his works to the hero's benefit in Books 13 and 17.
whom many a time my eyes have seen in the fighting where men win glory, as also on that time when he drove back the Argives on their ships and kept killing them on the stroke of the sharp bronze.
I saw him chase Argives with carnage to their own shipways .