Philoktetes ultra-bored

Another classical image of confinement.

Philoktetes spent ten whole years alone in Lemnos, captive to his terrible wound and solitude, having been ruthlessly abandoned by Odysseus and the Achaean army — until, of course, he was needed again.

Etching by James Barry, late XVIII century.

In Sophocles’ words (409 BCE), Soph. Phil.311:

[…] ἀλλ’ ἀπόλλυμαι τάλας
ἔτος τόδ’ ἤδη δέκατον ἐν λιμῷ τε καὶ
κακοῖσι βόσκων τὴν ἀδηφάγον νόσον.

Translation by George Theodoridis, 2006:
[…] This is the tenth year now that I’ve been living here. A miserable existence. A slow death by hunger and torture and by this horrible, insatiable disease!

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