Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Mar 5, 2012 - Philosophy - 304 pages
0 Reviews
Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

What people are saying - Write a review

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


Entrances and Exits
Lusis and the Analysis of Irony
Rhetoric Emotion and Judgement
Line for Line
The Lyric Voice of Sophoclean Tragedy
The Chorus in Action
Generalizing About Tragedy
Generalizing About the Chorus
How Electra Lost
The Tragic
Reading With or Without Hegel From Text to Script

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Jerusalem: City of Longing, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today, and Reading Greek Tragedy.

Bibliographic information