Heracles in Narrow Straits

Malcolm Davies

Abstract


In Sophocles, Tr. 101 the expression δισσαῖσιν ἀπείροις κλιθείς does not just refer to the Pillars of Heracles, but evokes the theme of pillars and narrow passages as a gate to the Underworld, well attested in mythology and folklore: cf. Samson, Atlas, and the Sun-god.

Keywords


Sophocles; Trachiniae; Heracles’ Pillars; Heracles; Greek folklore

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/prometheus-18848



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