Neoptolemus


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Neoptolemus

(nē'ŏptŏl`ĭməs), in Greek legend, son of AchillesAchilles
, in Greek mythology, foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Peleus and Thetis. He was a formidable warrior, possessing fierce and uncontrollable anger. Thetis, knowing that Achilles was fated to die at Troy, disguised him as a girl and hid him among the women at
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. In the Trojan War he proved himself brave but cruel. He killed Priam at the altar of Zeus and threw Astyanax, son of Hector, from the wall of Troy. After the war he took Andromache as a slave to his kingdom in Epirus. Later he abandoned her for Hermione. He was killed at Delphi for an outrage he committed against the shrine. In Euripides' Andromache, Orestes murders him to win the love of Hermione. He was sometimes called Pyrrhus.

Neoptolemus

 

(also called Pyrrhus), in ancient Greek mythology, the son of Achilles and the princess Deidameia; one of the main figures in the Trojan War. Neoptolemus was among the warriors who were carried into Troy inside the wooden horse. He went into a rage during the capture of Troy and in front of Hecuba ruthlessly murdered the aged king Priam, who was seeking sanctuary at the altar of Zeus.

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As he specifically mentions, "unity is created by a central figure in Andromache, but that central figure, around whom the plot is built with infinite care, is one who only appears as a corpse: in fact the central figure of this play is none other than Neoptolemus" (1996: 143).
The Greeks then sent for Neoptolemus, whom Odysseus attempted to persuade to go to Lemnos and lure the bow from the wretched cripple by trickery and deceit.
At first the blameless widow of Hector, who as concubine to Neoptolemus is forced to serve in an alien household and bear children to her master, she appears a classic suffering victim.
In supposedly freely making herself over to Odysseus and ultimately Neoptolemus, she makes herself the object of the male gaze.
At first, Neoptolemus, following Odysseus's instructions, attempts to capture Philoctetes and the bow through a deceitful strategy, which is of considerable use so that Philoctetes by and by takes Neoptolemus as a reliable friend and entrusts his bow to this young man.
In Philoctetes, one of the great tragedies by Sophocles, a group of warriors led by Odysseus and including the son of Achilles, Neoptolemus, are faced with the need to recapture the wounded archer Philoctetes and the bow that was given to him by Herakles (or to capture only the bow, depending on the various conflicting arguments in the play), in order to bring the war against Troy to a victorious conclusion.
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'Theagenes, Chariclea and the Enagismos of Neoptolemus at Delphi.' In R.
Their arrival coincides with the celebration of a double wedding: that of Hermione (daughter of Menelaus and Helen) to Neoptolemus (the son of Achilles) and Megapenthes (illegitimate son of Menelaus and a palace slave woman) to a Spartan daughter of Alector (4:3ff).
(66) Gellius' programmatic quotations of the Ennian Neoptolemus (5,15,9 and 5,16,5) form an illuminating contrast with Apuleius' use of the same quotation in Apology 13,1:
An obdurate or willful or belligerent character who wants to win (Antigone in her play, Ajax in his), or who begins sentences with kai ("And ...", such as Philoctetes and Neoptolemus in Philoctetes), or who is in love with luxury (Dionysus in Bacchae), or who is lustful or overly erotic (Hippolytus in Euripides' play--explanation to follow) will have "come forward" to the fifth-century audience as Alcibiades.