The Greeks discovered the individual, it is said, but in what sense is this true? Characters in Greek literature may often seem strangely different from their modern counterparts: less idiosyncratic, less real, and with less psychological depth or interest. Personality traits seems to cluster more predictably in the characters of Greek authors than of those today. Despite the wide-ranging scope of this aspect of Greek literature, most previous discussions on Greek
characterization and individuality have been limited to particular authors or genres. This volume attempts to illuminate the connections and mutual influences of the various genres in the portrayal of the individual. Ten essays explore the question of the distinction of
character and personality (C. Gill); how the Greeks viewed the concept of character (S. Halliwell); characterization in epic (O. Taplin), in tragedy (P. E. Easterling, S. Goldhill, and J. Griffin), in comedy (M. Silk), in philosophical dialectic (L. Coventry), in oratory and rhetoric (D. A. Russell), and in biography (C. B. R. Pelling). This work will be invaluable to anyone interested in Greek literature and in the phenomenon of characterization and individuality in literature in general.
'I would especially commend Pelling's paper, an illuminating study of ancient biography with a neat twist in the tail ... stimulating collection'
Times Literary Supplement
`the book contains important contributions to an important debate. It is well-researched, well-edited, and well-produced'
`This is a splendid collection of papers'
Peter Jones, The Times
'The volume coheres well, despite the diversity of views expressed, and several of these essays are likely to become standard reading for both classicists and students of drama.'
Greece & Rome, Vol.37, No.2, Oct '90
Christopher Gill: The character-personality distinction; Stephen Halliwell: Traditional Greek conceptions of character; Oliver Taplin: Agamemnon's role in the Iliad; P. E. Easterling: Constructing character in Greek tragedy; Simon Goldhill: Character and action, representation and reading: Greek tragedy and its critics; Jasper Griffin: Characterization in Euripides: Hippolytus and Iphigenia in Aulis; Michael Silk: The people of Aristophanes; Lucinda Coventry:
The role of interlocutor in Plato's dialogues: Theory and practice; D. A. F. M. Russell: Ethos in oratory and rhetoric; C. B. R. Pelling: Childhood and personality in Greek biography; C. B. R. Pelling: Conclusion
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 25th January 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.5