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An Introduction to Greek Tragedy - Ruth Scodel

An Introduction to Greek Tragedy


Published: 16th August 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

Defining tragedy
Origin, festival, and competition
Historical and intellectual background
The Oresteia
Oedipus the King
Comparing the tragedians
The inheritance of Greek tragedy
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ISBN: 9780521879743
ISBN-10: 0521879744
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1