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At 539 the refrain announce the technique of a member of Neoptolemus' staff besides a 'stranger', whom the viewers needs to suspect to be Odysseus' scout within the hide of a dealer. within the prologue Odysseus promised to ship this guy to aid Neoptolemus if he looked to be taking many years to trick Philoctetes into leaving the island, and he extra the caution that the guy might converse poikilos, 'artfully', 'elaborately', 'speciously' (130-1) - a transparent sign to the viewers that the language might call for exact cognizance. whilst he arrives the 'trader' (whose half, by the way, has to be performed by way of the actor who performs Odysseus) explains that he has simply occurred to install at Lemnos and luckily has encounter Neoptolemus' send. he's crusing again from Troy to his domestic Peparethos, a very good position for vines (548-9). For any member of the viewers who remembers the passage on the finish of Iliad 7 (467-75) describing the delivery of wine to the Greeks at Troy, this needs to suggest that the 'trader' has been providing a shipment of wine; what's rather enticing is that the Iliadic passage makes the wine come from Lemnos, which during this play is a wilderness island. it is a Sophoclean innovation; Aeschylus and Euripides had each one had a refrain of Lemnians, obviously sufficient, considering that Lemnos had lots of epic institutions as an inhabited position, however the Sophoclean Philoctetes needs to be completely remoted from humankind, and the fragile allusion to the play's personal inventiveness has anything of the flavor of the Paedagogus' mendacity story in Electra (680-765), which pulls at the tale of the chariot race in Iliad 23. The 'trader' now (553 ff. ) warns Neoptolemus that he's at risk from the Greeks, who are looking to fetch him again to Troy: Phoenix and the sons of Theseus are on his tune. 'Why now not Odysseus? ' asks Neoptolemus, 'Why did he no longer emerge as his personal messenger? absolutely he wasn't afraid ... ? ' (The viewers may perhaps ask yourself how some distance Neoptolemus used to be enjoying his misleading function, how a long way expressing doubts approximately Odysseus' behaviour within the current project. ) within the Cyclic epic model of his tale Neoptolemus used to be fetched 169 Cambridge partners on-line © Cambridge collage Press, 2006 P. E. EASTERLING from his domestic on Scyros through Odysseus, whereas Diomedes went to Lemnos for Philoctetes, yet in Euripides' play Diomedes observed Odysseus to Lemnos38 - and this can be the situation instructed right here by means of the fake service provider (570-2): 'Oh, whilst I left he and Diomedes have been going off in pursuit of somebody else* Then in an intricate apart he pretends to be concerned to not permit Philoctetes overhear this little scene that's being performed for his gain. There are alternative routes during which the scene refers to its personal deceptiveness. At 575, based on the 'trader', who asks 'Who is that this guy? ' Neoptolemus, addressing his accomplice as 'Stranger', makes a ceremonious creation: 'This is the recognized Philoctetes', which recollects the painful alternate previous while Neoptolemus pretended by no means to have heard of him (248-53). Philoctetes' subsequent phrases (578-9) supply an ethical statement ordinarily passage: 'Why does he discount with you approximately me in darkish whispers?