Referring to the performance's current tour, the director concludes that "the creative team of Seven Against Thebes
are taking up the challenge to explore how the instinct of our common survival coincides with our need to remain human...
In "The Praying Women" or "Seven against Thebes
" is eponymous becomes a vision over the world.
I am also far from attempting an overall comparative analysis of the plays; prominent themes of both Seven against Thebes
and Phoenician Women, which have provided the subject matter of numerous seminal studies (mostly referring to characterisation, setting, gender, myth and the divine), are mentioned or briefly explored only once they become relevant to the contexts concerned with the theme of naming.
Lamentation is a form through which women may express personal grief; however, men in tragedy are sometimes shown trying to control it and, in the fifth century, turn it to the interests of the state, specifically in Aeschylus's Seven against Thebes
and Euripides' Suppliants.
This would interest literary scholars, for it is hard to think of any function for this text except to insert in some version of Seven against Thebes
Only seven tragedies (Persians, Seven Against Thebes
, Suppliants, the Oresteia trilogy, and Prometheus Bound) have survived entire.
I well remember my discovery of this some years ago, and the moment of astonished delight when I found myself actually laughing aloud (see 'The End of the Seven against Thebes
', CQ 17 , 16ff., and esp.
hi such works as Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes
and Sophocles' Antigone Saxonhouse finds a presentation of the destructiveness of this demand for extreme unity when it is translated to the political arena.
Each play treats the Theban myth and features an aspect of the war of Seven Against Thebes
; each conforms to the formula stated above; and each presents Theseus and Athens in a heroic light, as the defenders of the weak from tyrannical force.
For his prophecies, see Oedipus, Seven Against Thebes
, and Antigone.
Other plays in this year's festival include Medea by Euripides performed by the Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre, Latvia; Seven Against Thebes
by Aeschylus performed by the National Theatre of Northern Greece; Oedipus the King by Sophocles produced by Theatro Dentro, Cyprus and The Bacchae by Euripides performed by the Yair Shermen Ensemble, Israel.
First-century Latin poet Statius modeled his Thebaid, a retelling the Seven Against Thebes
story, on the Aeneid, but the scholarly judgment of the poem as derivative and inferior has changed since the final decades of the 20th century.