Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Jul 26, 1991 - Drama - 298 pages
0 Reviews
This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies." Five of the extant plays are discussed in detail from both a dramatic and an ethical standpoint, and the author concludes that ethical themes are not only integral to each drama, but are subjected to an implicit critique through the tragic consequences to which they give rise. Greek scholars and students of Greek drama and Greek thought will welcome this book, which is presented in such a way as to be accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike. No knowledge of Greek is required.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
Helping friends and harming enemies
26
Ajax
60
Antigone
106
Electra
149
Philoctetes
184
Oedipus at Colonus
226
Conclusion
260
Bibliography
274
Index
291
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 279 - The Greek Attitude to Poetry and History (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1954), 49-72.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information