An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 16, 2010 - History
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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.
  

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User Review  - Amanda Lynn - Goodreads

Ugh, this is one of the driest, most dispassionate texts I've ever had the misfortune of reading. Its so boring I can hardly get through 5 pages before dozing off. Too bad I'm actually trying to learn from it and not just using it as an insomnia cure... Read full review

Contents

1 Defining Tragedy
1
2 Approaches
15
3 Origins Festival and Competition
33
4 Historical and Intellectual Background
56
5 Persians
72
6 The Oresteia
85
7 Antigone
106
8 Medea
120
10 Oedipus the King
147
11 Helen
162
12 Orestes
174
13 Tragic Moments
186
Glossary
197
Dates
199
Works Cited
201
Index
213

9 Hippolytus
133

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About the author (2010)

Ruth Scodel is currently D. R. Shackleton Bailey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. Her most recent books are Epic Facework: Self-Presentation and Social Interaction in Homer (2008) and Whither Quo Vadis? Sienkiewicz's Novel in Film and Television (2008). She is also the author of numerous articles on Greek literature.

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