Moral Awareness in Greek Tragedy

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University Press, Jan 3, 2013 - History - 335 pages
Lawrence's volume provides a detailed discussion and analyses of the moral awareness of major characters in Greek tragedy, focusing particularly on the characters' recognition of moral issues and crises, their ability to reflect on them, and their consciousness of doing so. Beginning with a definition of morality and examining the implications of analysing the moral performance of fictional characters, Lawrence considers concepts of the self and the problem of autonomy and personal responsibility in the context of divine intervention, which is a crucial feature of the genre. The volume then moves on to the individual plays (Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes and Oresteia; Sophocles' Ajax, Trachiniae, Oedipus Tyrannus, Electra, and Philoctetes; and Euripides' Medea, Hecuba, Hippolytus, Heracles, Electra, and Bacchae), focusing in each case on a crisis or crises faced by a major character and examining the background which led to it. Lawrence then considers the individual character's moral response and relates it to the critical issues formulated in the volume's opening discussions. The book will be important to any student of Classical Studies and those in Philosophy or Literature interested in a theoretical discussion of the morality of literary characters.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Moral Autonomy and Divine Intervention
31
Seven against Thebes
51
Agamemnon
71
Choephori and Eumenides
89
Ajax
101
Trachiniae
119
Oedipus Tyrannus
135
Medea
195
Hecuba
213
Hippolytus
225
Heracles
245
Electra
269
Bacchae
283
17 Conclusion
305
References
321

Electra
157
Philoctetes
177

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Stuart Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, and has written a number of articles on Greek tragedy and on Homer.

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