By Justina Gregory

The Blackwell spouse to Greek Tragedy presents readers with a primary grounding in Greek tragedy, and in addition introduces them to some of the methodologies and the energetic serious discussion that signify the learn of Greek tragedy this present day.

Comprises 31 unique essays via a world forged of participants, together with up-and-coming in addition to exotic senior scholars.
Pays recognition to socio-political, textual, and function points of Greek tragedy
All historic Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical phrases are defined as they appear.
Includes feedback for additional interpreting on the finish of every bankruptcy, and a beneficiant and informative mixed bibliography.

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Is finally transformed into a stirring evocation of his unique lonely stance as defender’’ (Rose 1995, 69). In the poet’s attempts ‘‘to square the logic of the myth with the logic of [the] apologia’’ Rose identifies silences that point to contradictions in Athens itself. Sophocles’ association of Ajax with ‘‘both the human rootedness of Hector and the absolutist isolation of Achilles’’ (64) draws the audience back toward the mythic world of Homer. At the same time, his command of sailors would have reminded the fifth-century audience of themselves and of the great aristocratic generals responsible for repelling the Persians and for the prosperity that the expansion of the empire brought their city.

On the Athenian empire, see Meiggs 1972; for a more basic introduction, Rhodes 1985. On the chronology of the Pentecontaetia in addition to Rhodes (above) see Unz 1986 and Badian 1993c. CHAPTER TWO Tragedy and Religion: The Problem of Origins Scott Scullion This chapter deals with the origins of tragedy and, in that context, considers whether and to what extent tragic drama was a religious phenomenon. Opinion on these matters rests on painstaking interpretation of brief and often obscure ancient texts, and the scholarly literature is correspondingly vast and controversial.

Is the passage itself a source – or the source – of his theory of ‘‘satyric’’ tragedy? We are speculating, but so it appears was Aristotle, and whether or not Archilochus’ verses prompted his line of speculation about tragedy’s ultimate origins, they will at least have seemed encouragingly congruent with it. Satyr-Play When Aristotle spoke of early tragedy as satyric, he probably had in mind that tragedy was at that stage improvisatory, antic, simple in plot, trochaic in meter, the adjective 28 Scott Scullion ‘‘satyric’’ referring to general mood and tone in much the same way as ‘‘tragic’’ could.

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