Euripides V - Study Guide The Phoenician Women, pages 98-113 Summary & Analysis

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Eteocles tells Creon, Jocasta's brother, that there can be no peace with Polyneices, and Creon says that Polyneices is set on conquest. Thebes has captured a prisoner from Argive, and the army will soon surround the city. Eteocles boasts that he can defeat the attackers. Eteocles considers ambushing the Argive army at night, but Creon objects that it's dangerous. Creon says that seven captains will lead assaults on the seven gates of Thebes. Creon recommends choosing seven courageous and intelligent captains, each with a lieutenant and the best troops, to defend the gates. Eteocles agrees, hoping that he will fight and kill Polyneices. If he's killed, Eteocles asks Creon to see to Antigone's planned wedding to Creon's son Haemon, and to care for Jocasta. He also asks Creon to talk to the prophet Teiresias to find out what they...

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