Why Athens?: A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics (Hardback)
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Why Athens?: A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 494 Pages / Published: 07/04/2011
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This collection of fourteen essays and six short responses reconsiders Greek tragedy as a reflection of Athenian political culture. The contributors try to avoid making the controversial assumption that the politics of tragedy were of simple relevance to the Athenian democracy. Instead, they look for other ways to explain the Athenianness of tragedy. These include: the polyphonic discourse of tragedy; the presentation of Athens in some plays (and the representation of foreigners too); tragedy as an Athenian form of choral performance; and the ways in which family matters are presented, for example marriage alliances or inheritance law. Why Athens? opens up important new ways of considering tragedy as a political art form.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199562329
Number of pages: 494
Weight: 904 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 34 mm


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There is much too commend in this volume... a significant contribution to an important and controversial topic. * Steve Esposito, Polis *
The essays here remind us that, as far as the politics of tragedy are concerned, there is much more to be discussed about tragedy than whether, and how, it was democratic ... all the contributions are of high quality. * Alex Gottesman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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