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In each play, the action is about to make a surprising departure from the familiar legend, when a god intervenes to return events to their traditional course. 32 In other words, not only is this Sophoclean deus similar to those of Euripides, with all the formal gestures of command, divine authority, and mortal acceptance, but it resembles the most extreme intervention in Euripides, in which the god reverses the situation onstage. However, the epiphany of Heracles in Philoctetes differs in several ways from the Euripidean deus ex machina, suggesting a different intent in Sophocles.

30 All are in anapests with the exception of Oedipus the King, which (like Ion) concludes with chanted tetrameters, and all except Philoctetes include some form of summary or moral. 31 The chief differences are that in Sophocles the choral exit rarely involves a change in meter, rarely mentions departure, and never includes a prayer for victory. 32 His exit lines are therefore less abrupt than than those of Euripides, since preceding anapests prepare the audience for the exit of the chorus, chorus, nor do they draw attention to themselves as theatrical gestures, since they avoid expressions of farewell or appeals for victory.

But rather than explaining the ways of gods to men, this expose of Aphrodite serves to rescue herself from embarrassment (1331-34), and to justify the revenge she is plotting against her rival: Not even beneath the gloom of earth shall Aphrodite's willful anger hurtle against you unavenged, thanks to your good and pious heart. With my own hand and these relentless arrows I will be avenged on one of hers, whatever mortal is most dear to her. copf)oouai. 1416-22 In the one play of Euripides in which divine explanation plays the greatest part in resolving the action, the god offers not a single authoritative account but a series of accounts vitiated by contradictions and ulterior motives.

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