By Justina Gregory
The Blackwell spouse to Greek Tragedy offers readers with a primary grounding in Greek tragedy, and likewise introduces them to a few of the methodologies and the vigorous serious discussion that represent the examine of Greek tragedy this present day.
Comprises 31 unique essays by way of a global solid of individuals, together with up-and-coming in addition to unique senior scholars.
Pays awareness to socio-political, textual, and function elements of Greek tragedy
All old Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical phrases are defined as they appear.
Includes feedback for extra studying on the finish of every bankruptcy, and a beneficiant and informative mixed bibliography.
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Aeschylus’ Oresteia The conflicts and resolution of the Oresteia are strongly colored by the difficulties the Athenians were facing in the 450s: clashes with the Persians, the First Peloponnesian War, and political upheavals within their own city. An outstanding feature of Agamemnon is the poet’s use of naval power and protracted warfare conducted in distant lands as a metaphor for a perversion of natural order and a threat to the political stability in Argos. Unlike Homer’s Agamemnon, Aeschylus’ king is called ‘‘the elder leader of Achaean ships’’ (184–85) and ‘‘commander of ships’’ (1227).
Easterling 1985a, 3–6). ’’ Was Euripides treading on dangerous ground? Events in Euripides’ tragedy turn out better than they did in real life, where the Athenians were twice defeated by the Boeotians. Nevertheless, by raising the audience’s emotional investment, could the powerful contemporary resonances of this and other Euripidean plays have counted against the playwright when it came to awarding first prize at the City Dionysia? 2). Powerful members of Sparta’s alliance rejected it, and although the Spartans recovered the soldiers captured at Pylos, few of the other terms of the treaty were carried out.
Aristotle does not name any of these poets, which in the case of Thespis would seem a glaring omission, but he may be eschewing the sort of pseudo-knowledge preserved in the Suda. Beyond these names and dates and four probably inauthentic fragments of Thespis we have no precise information about sixth-century tragedy, and it is hard to understand why, if such information was available, none of it is preserved in Aristotle or our other sources. That such history of sixth-century tragedy as was in circulation was a product of the familiar ancient techniques of synchronism and schematization is reflected in what Aristotle himself tells us.
A Companion to Greek Tragedy (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Justina Gregory