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[fil-uh k-tee-teez]
  1. 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.
  2. (italics) a tragedy (408? b.c.) by Sophocles.
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Historical Examples of philoctetes

  • The Philoctetes and the Hercules are among the exceptions that prove the rule.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Sophocles has the same idea in the Philoctetes, but I can't quote it.

  • 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

    Stefan Zweig

  • Philoctetes also is rejected by man and accepted by Destiny.

British Dictionary definitions for philoctetes


  1. Greek myth a hero of the Trojan War, in which he killed Paris with the bow and poisoned arrows given to him by Hercules
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