A Companion to Greek Tragedy (Blackwell Companions to the by Justina Gregory

By Justina Gregory

The Blackwell spouse to Greek Tragedy presents readers with a primary grounding in Greek tragedy, and in addition introduces them to a few of the methodologies and the vigorous severe discussion that symbolize the examine of Greek tragedy this day.

Comprises 31 unique essays through a global solid of members, together with up-and-coming in addition to extraordinary senior scholars.
Pays realization to socio-political, textual, and function elements of Greek tragedy
All historical Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical phrases are defined as they appear.
Includes feedback for extra analyzing on the finish of every bankruptcy, and a beneficiant and informative mixed bibliography.

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In the meantime, however, the political environment in Athens had changed. 143– 44), was dead, and the Athenians had become increasingly aggressive. Demagogues like Cleon wanted more than a return to the conditions of 431, as the Spartans’ proposal implied. By insisting on public negotiations, which would expose the degree to which the Spartans were willing to compromise their allies’ interests, the Athenians, in effect, rejected the offer of peace. Attacking Sphacteria proved to be a difficult task.

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.

The second is from the lexicographer Hesychius: ‘‘ ‘Billy goats’: satyrs, because of having billy goats’ ears’’ (t 1237 Schmidt).

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