Seven against Thebes


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Seven against Thebes,

in Greek legend, seven heroes—Polynices, Adrastus, Amphiaraüs, Hippomedon, Capaneus, Tydeus, and Parthenopaeus—who made war on Eteocles, king of Thebes. After the banishment of Oedipus, his sons, Eteocles and Polynices, agreed to reign alternately. When after the first year Eteocles refused to relinquish the throne, Polynices, assisted by Adrastus, king of Argos, organized the expedition known as the Seven against Thebes. All were killed except Adrastus. When Creon, Eteocles' uncle and successor to the throne of Thebes, would not permit the burial of the slain, Theseus marched against Thebes and gave them burial. Euripides' Phoenician Women and Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes are based on this legend.
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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.
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.
I am indebted to Deborah Gera for drawing my attention to this article; she also suggests that there may conceivably have been a double hebdomad of the Seven against Thebes and the Seven Champions in Thebes.
Only seven tragedies (Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Suppliants, the Oresteia trilogy, and Prometheus Bound) have survived entire.
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.
The Seven, Power's reworking of Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, runs at New York Theatre Workshop through March 12.
Their son was Parthenopaeus, who later was one of the Seven against Thebes after the death of King Oedipus.
The story of the war was told by Aeschylus in his Seven Against Thebes, by Euripides in his Phoenician Women and The Suppliant Women, by Seneca
Aeschylus' political tragedy, Seven Against Thebes, directed by the renowned Lithuanian director Cezaris GrauE"inis and translated by the Greek poet Yorgos Blanas will be performed at Curium on July 12 and 13, while local group Theatro Dentro will be taking part in the festival for the first time, with a rendition of Sophocles' Oedipus the King -- directed by Andy Papadimitriou -- on July 16 (Skali), July 21 (Paphos Ancient Odeon) and July 23 (Curium).
In Seven Against Thebes Eteocles is shown leading the defense of the city of Thebes against an invading army led by his brother Polyneices and six chieftains from the south of Greece who are bent on placing Polyneices on the Theban throne.
Some plays were political--none more so than Dusan Jovanovic's devastating Antigona by the Slovenian National Theatre, a contemporary reworking of material from Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes and Sophocles' Antigone in which Thebes becomes Sarajevo (see AT, Sept '93).