La cecità di Fineo: la conseguenza di un atto di ὕβϱις o l’espiazione di una colpa di sangue?

Felice Stama


The mythical story of Phineus, the famous blind seer who, in the Argonauts’ saga, was consulted by the hero Jason and his companions during their voyage to Kolchis, is highly complex due to many variants attested. The aim of this paper is to offer an exhaustive and easily intelligible account of the various explanations of Phineus’ blindness elaborated by the mythographic and erudite literature. The present analysis will also consider the dramatic treatment of such a peculiar myth in Aeschylus’ and Sophocles’ fragmentary plays.

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