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Sophocles’s tragedy, Philoctetes, was first performed in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War in 409 BC. The play takes place during the final year of the Trojan War and explores the struggle between morality and deception, as depicted by Neoptolemus’s battle between his inner sense of honor and morality, and the deception and trickery that Odysseus is convincing him to undertake to win the Trojan War.
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