Skopje, Macedonia

Macedonian National Theatre 22.00 pm


Directed by:
Galin Stoev
Design by: Bjanka Ursulov Adzic
Vladimir Jacev
Maja Veljkovic
Dejan Lilic
Rubens Muratovski
Elena Mose
Igor Trpcevski
Dramaturgy: Ognen Georgievski
Produced by: Veljo Kociski Asistent
Assistant costumes: Marina Temelkovska
Lights: Gorjan Temelkovski
Sound: Aleksandar Petrovski
Inspicient: Pero Stratrov
Artistic director of drama: Georgi Jolevski

About the play

In early summer of 439, the Athenians kad successfully concluded their war against rebellious allies on the island of Samos. At that time, the general Pericles reportedly brought the commanders and marines of the Samian ships, members of the island's elite, over to the marketplace in Miletus (Plutarch, Life of Pericles 28). There, he had them bound to boards and exposed them until they were nearly dead. He then had them clubbed to death and their bodies thrown away without benefit of funeral rites. Plutarch, who names the Samian historian and sensationalist Duris as his source, does not believe the story, because other authorities do not mention it. Yet the punishment resembles apotympanismos, crucifixion on a plank, which Athenians inflicted upon citizens guilty of heinous crimes. By all appearances, Pericles treated the Samians as disloyal citizens, and, in that light, their revolt is equivalent to stasis, fractional discord among citizens, and analogous to the quarrel between Oedipus' sons Eteocles and Polyneices, both of whom claimed the kingship of Thebes for himself. Sophokles surely knew about these events - as would his original audience - and perhaps was inspired by them.