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Sophocles : A Difficult Modernity - Hanna M. Roisman

Sophocles

A Difficult Modernity

Paperback Published: 25th August 2005
ISBN: 9780715633847
Number Of Pages: 144

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Like other classical Greek tragedies, Sophocles' Philoctetes is an extraordinarily timely and timeless play. Dramatising the efforts of people who had wronged him to bring the play's hero, Philoctetes, to join the Greek forces in their war against Troy, it traces the moral and emotional development of the young Neoptolemos as he struggles between the values of honesty and deceit, honour and expedience. This is an introduction to the play for students and lay readers. The well focused chapters on Greek theatre and performance, the mythical background, and the literary, intellectual, and political context in which the play was written and first performed illuminate the issues with which the play grapples. Its persuasive analyses of the characters and plot shed light on the play's complexities and ambiguities. All in all, the book makes Sophocles' great play more accessible, enjoyable, and meaningful to modern readers who want to know more about the world of classical Greek tragedy.

Prefacep. 7
Theatre and Performancep. 9
The Mythp. 24
The Playp. 41
The Contextsp. 57
Odysseus and Philoctetesp. 72
Neoptolemusp. 88
Heraclesp. 106
Philoctetes in Our Timep. 112
Notesp. 127
Guide to Further Readingp. 139
Bibliographyp. 143
Glossaryp. 152
Chronologyp. 153
Indexp. 154
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ISBN: 9780715633847
ISBN-10: 0715633848
Series: Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 25th August 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1