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On Not Managing Mourning : The Reticent Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone. / Andújar, Rosa.

In: NEARCO revista de antiguidade , Vol. 10, No. 2, 12.2018, p. 207-226.

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Andújar, R 2018, 'On Not Managing Mourning: The Reticent Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone', NEARCO revista de antiguidade , vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 207-226. <https://www.e-publicacoes.uerj.br/index.php/nearco/article/view/38413>

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Andújar, R. (2018). On Not Managing Mourning: The Reticent Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone. NEARCO revista de antiguidade , 10(2), 207-226. https://www.e-publicacoes.uerj.br/index.php/nearco/article/view/38413

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Andújar R. On Not Managing Mourning: The Reticent Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone. NEARCO revista de antiguidade . 2018 Dec;10(2):207-226.

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Andújar, Rosa. / On Not Managing Mourning : The Reticent Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone. In: NEARCO revista de antiguidade . 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 207-226.

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