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(in ancient Rome) a farmer


(kəˈloʊ nəs)

n., pl. -ni (-nī, -nē).
a serf or tenant farmer in the later Roman Empire or early feudal period.
[1885–90; < Latin colōnus inhabitant of a colony, tenant-farmer, farmer, derivative of colere to inhabit, cultivate; compare cult, cultivate]
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Four plays are examined in detail in separate chapters: Ajax, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus.
But he voices a thoroughly emended self-image in Oedipus at Colonus.
He is also known for the two sequels of this play, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone.
His concerns centered on three main issues: first, the status of children resulting from mixed unions; second, the status of children sold into bondage or a fixed period of servitude; and third, the relative rights of the landowner, parents, and slave-owner if a tenant farmer were to sell his child into slavery, particularly the issue of whether the landowner was allowed to sell the colonus or his son into slavery (Grey 502).
This past summer, Collins stage-managed The Gospel at Colonus at Ebony Repertory Theatre, which she calls one of the high points of her theatrical life.
Quod fronte Selium nubila vides, Rufe, quod ambulator porticum terit seram, lugubre quiddam quod tacet piger voltus, quod paene terram nasus indecens tangit, quod dextra pectus pulsat et comam vellit: non ille amici fata luget aut fratris, uterque natus vivit et precor vivat, salva est et uxor sarcinaeque servique, nihil colonus vilicusque decoxit.
After Oedipus' death at Colonus, where she had accompanied him, Antigone returned to Thebes.
Hulls is valuable especially for his discussion of Statius' Romanisation of his Greek tragic models, namely Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus and Euripides' Phoenissae and Oedipus at Colonus, though with a curious piece of logic he maintains that the possibility that the cyclic Thebaid may be a source of Statius' Thebaid is important whether or not we believe this to be the case (p.
In Oedipus at Colonus, McCoy argues that the real hero is Theseus--and certainly he is the one whose behavior is presented as exemplary.
As Sophocles wrote in Oedipus at Colonus (one of the works analyzed in the study): ".