- Classical Mythology. a noted archer and squire of Hercules. Bitten by a snake and abandoned on an island because of his festering wound, he was at length brought by the Greeks to Troy, where he recovered and later killed Paris.
- (italics) a tragedy (408? b.c.) by Sophocles.
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The Philoctetes and the Hercules are among the exceptions that prove the rule.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
Sophocles has the same idea in the Philoctetes, but I can't quote it.For the Term of His Natural Life
Nothing could be more vivid than the touches of description in the Philoctetes.Ephemera Critica
John Churton Collins
We see this in the figures of Oedipus, Prometheus, and Philoctetes.Romain Rolland
Philoctetes also is rejected by man and accepted by Destiny.The Seven Plays in English Verse
- Greek myth a hero of the Trojan War, in which he killed Paris with the bow and poisoned arrows given to him by Hercules