Philoctetes

by

Sophocles

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Chryse is a minor Greek goddess with an island of the same name. During the initial Greek expedition to Troy to fight the Trojan War, the Greek fleet, which was led by Odysseus and Philoctetes and under the command of Atreus’s sons, stopped on the island Chryse, where Philoctetes was bitten on the foot by a snake for disturbing the shrine of Chryse. Philoctetes’s wound festered and refused to heal, and he was subsequently abandoned on Lemnos, the very next island on the way to Troy. Neoptolemus claims that Chryse has ordered Philoctetes’s wound and suffering, but Philoctetes refuses to go to Troy and find relief from his pain until Heracles appears and orders him to do so.

Chryse Quotes in Philoctetes

The Philoctetes quotes below are all either spoken by Chryse or refer to Chryse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Disability and Discrimination Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Philoctetes published in 2008.
Entry of the Chorus (Lines 135 – 218) Quotes

His dreadful fate’s no wonder to me.
If I have an inkling, his sufferings first
Were sent by the gods, when he entered the shrine
Of cruel Chryse, who dealt him his wound.
So what he endures now, far from his friends.
Must also be due to the will of some god:
He may not aim those god-given shafts,
Which none can resist, at the towers of Troy,
Till the time has come when the prophet declares
Those arrows will prove her destruction.

Related Characters: Neoptolemus (speaker), Philoctetes, Chorus, Chryse
Page Number: 210
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chryse Character Timeline in Philoctetes

The timeline below shows where the character Chryse appears in Philoctetes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Entry of the Chorus (Lines 135 – 218)
Disability and Discrimination Theme Icon
Suffering and Isolation Theme Icon
...by the gods. Philoctetes was bitten by a poisonous snake after entering the shrine of Chryse, on the goddess’s island of the same name, while he was part of the first... (full context)
Scene 4 (Lines 1219 – 1407)
Disability and Discrimination Theme Icon
Suffering and Isolation Theme Icon
Decisions, Obligation, and the Greater Good Theme Icon
...Philoctetes’s wound and pain are sent by the gods, Neoptolemus says. Philoctetes had unwittingly disturbed Chryse’s shrine, and he will never find relief unless he goes to Troy and sees Asclepius,... (full context)