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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Newman refutes this speculation and insists that "Philoctetes does not remain unchanged, but rather makes an initial step toward reintegration into human society during the course of the dialogue with Neoptolemus (Phil 1402-8) which prepares him for his final reconciliation with the Greeks" (305).
Theagenes, Chariclea and the Enagismos of Neoptolemus at Delphi.
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:
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.
In act 1, for instance, Priam hears the old man's prophecy that Paris will cause Priam's own death, and Tippett introduces music that will recur at the end of the opera just before Priam is killed by Achilles' son, Neoptolemus.
Tell him about my vicious work, how Neoptolemus degrades his father's name--don't you forget.
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As the play develops, too, it becomes clear that Philoctetes' special gift of crossing lines of, flouting, conventional wisdom can be self-destructive: Even when he discovers the plot to cajole him, even when Odysseus and Neoptolemus make it clear that Philoctetes can not only reenter society as a hero of the Trojan War but can be cured of his agonizing wound, Philoctetes refuses.
In the play, this behavior, which is attenuated by a willingness and ability to sympathize with the pain of others, wins the sympathy of Neoptolemus, who has come to persuade Philoctetes to lend his bow to the Greek assault on Troy.
His wound--and his hate--is healed only nine years later through the devotion of a young soldier, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles.
Peacenik scruples are put in the mouth of Menelaus, Hecuba goes mad, Odysseus has scruples about the war, and Neoptolemus (the son of Achilles) appears literally covered in blood after a battle.