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!