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Ristorto, M. A. (2017). Hymn to Gaia /mother of the Gods (391-402) in Sophocles’ Philoktetes. Phaos: Revista De Estudos Clássicos, 16(16). Recuperado de


The purpose of the present article is to analyse the function of the Hymn to Gaia (vv. 391-402) in Sophocles’ Philoctetes and to examine Sophocles’ re-appropriation of the hymnic tradition. I shall  attempt to find the reasons for some of Sophocles’ departures from the tradition in the specific performance’s context. Indeed, the choice of the gods praised in hymns can be related with the notion of “athenocentrism” of Sophocles’ tragedy, that is to say, tragedies that were not located in Athens offer an aition (an explanation of origins) of Athenian’s customs and cults.

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