Messene Redeemed

F. L. Lucas's Messene Redeemed (1940) is a long poem, based on Pausanias, about the struggle for independence of ancient Messene against Sparta. As well as narrating Messenian history, it dramatizes two episodes in play-form – the


F. L. Lucas's Messene Redeemed (1940) is a long poem, based on Pausanias, about the struggle for independence of ancient Messene against Sparta. As well as narrating Messenian history, it dramatizes two episodes in play-form – the "honour killing" of his daughter Laodice by Aristodemus at Ithome during the First Messenian War, and the last hours of Eira at the end of the Second. Some reviewers treated the work as verse drama, though the author called it a poem.
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