The Spear of Telephus in Krapp’s Last Tape

Irit Degani-Raz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The mythical figure Telephus, son of Heracles, was the king of the Mysians. When his kingdom was attacked by the Greeks mistakenly landing in Mysia on their way to the Trojan War, he was wounded by Achilles’ spear. When the wound would not heal, Telephus consulted an oracle and was told: “He that wounded shall heal”; and indeed the same spear that wounded became the instrument of his healing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeckett at 100
Subtitle of host publicationRevolving it All
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780197723210
ISBN (Print)9780195325478
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Greeks
  • attacked
  • healing
  • instrument
  • wounded


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