In comparing Polinice to Racine's Thebaide, Salsano argues that Alfieri's interpretation of the conflict between the brothers Eteocles and Polynices
both privileges the political dimensions underlying the story and elevates the sparer language utilized by Racine, all in an effort to "realizzare un piU dinamico contesto drammatico" (89).
The two sons, Eteocles and Polynices
, in order to avoid bloodshed, agreed to rule Thebes in alternate years.
The idea about the bestial nature of both Eteocles and Polynices
, insinuated at various points in the drama (263, 420, 455-56, 699, 1169), will culminate in the Chorus' characterisation of them as [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 'twin beasts of prey' (1296)--following their mutual killing.
After Eteocles and Polynices
have killed each other in battle, Creon, Antigone's uncle and now king of Thebes, decrees that Eteocles' body shall be buried with honors befitting a national hero but that Polynices' body shall be left unburied, a prey to scavengers.
for consenting to his banishment, his sons, Eteocles and Polynices
, agreed to occupy the Theban throne on alternate years.