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vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Note on Translations and Sources xi Introduction: Ritual Poetics in the Plays of Sophocles 3 1 Normative Rituals and Ritual Mistakes in the Antigone, Trachiniae, and Oedipus Tyrannus 21 2 Ritual Conflation in the Ajax 50 3 Ritual Repetition in the Electra 75 4 Ritual Status in the Philoctetes 105 5 Supplication in the Oedipus at Colonus 141 Conclusion: Ritual and Closure 170 Notes 181 Bibliography 211 Index 231 ...

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