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An Introduction to Greek Tragedy - Ruth Scodel

An Introduction to Greek Tragedy


Published: 1st December 2010
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This book provides an accessible introduction for students and anyone interested in increasing their enjoyment of Greek tragic plays. Whether readers are studying Greek culture, performing a Greek tragedy, or simply interested in reading a Greek play, this book will help them to understand and enjoy this challenging and rewarding genre. An Introduction to Greek Tragedy provides background information, helps readers appreciate, enjoy and engage with the plays themselves, and gives them an idea of the important questions in current scholarship on tragedy. Ruth Scodel seeks to dispel misleading assumptions about tragedy, stressing how open the plays are to different interpretations and reactions. In addition to general background, the book also includes chapters on specific plays, both the most familiar titles and some lesser-known plays - Persians, Helen and Orestes - in order to convey the variety that the tragedies offer readers.

'Scodel's book is an accessible and lively account of a complex dramatic form with enduring interest for modern audiences. In addition to providing reliable background information, she draws her readers into fascinating debates about the origins, staging, and interpretation of tragedy and brings to life both familiar and lesser-known characters in her lucid analyses of individual plays.' Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin, Madison
'An engaging overview that is informative and accessible without being bland or reductive. Scodel dispenses with unhelpful truisms to present tragedy as a diverse and much-debated art form with multiple meanings and functions.' Sheila Murnaghan, University of Pennsylvania

Prefacep. vii
Defining Tragedyp. 1
Approachesp. 15
Origins, Festival, and Competitionp. 33
Historical and Intellectual Backgroundp. 56
Persiansp. 72
The Oresteiap. 85
Antigonep. 106
Medeap. 120
Hippolytusp. 133
Oedipus the Kingp. 147
Helenp. 162
Orestesp. 174
Tragic Momentsp. 186
Glossaryp. 197
Datesp. 199
Works Citedp. 201
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780521705608
ISBN-10: 0521705606
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1