Absalom and Achitophel


John Dryden

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Abbethdin Term Analysis

An officer of the high court in Israel. Achitophel is a member of the Abbethdin in “Absalom and Achitophel.”
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Abbethdin Term Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel

The timeline below shows where the term Abbethdin appears in Absalom and Achitophel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Absalom and Achitophel
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There has never been a smarter or more capable member of the Abbethdin, or high court, than Achitophel, but he doesn’t serve David like he should. “Wild ambition... (full context)