Reading Greek Tragedy

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Cambridge University Press, May 8, 1986 - History - 302 pages
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This book is an advanced critical introduction to Greek tragedy. It is written specifically for the reader who does not know Greek and who may be unfamiliar with the context of the Athenian drama festival but who nevertheless wants to appreciate the plays in all their complexity. Simon Goldhill aims to combine the best contemporary scholarly criticism in classics with a wide knowledge of modern literary studies in other fields. He discusses the masterpieces of Athenian drama in the light of contemporary critical controversies in such a way as to enable the student or scholar not only to understand and appreciate the texts of the most commonly read plays, but also to evaluate and utilize the range of approaches to the problems of ancient drama.
 

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Contents

The drama of logos
1
The language of appropriation
33
The city of works
57
Relations and relationships
79
Sexuality and difference
107
Text and tradition
138
Mind and madness
168
Blindness and insight
199
Sophistry philosophy rhetoric
222
Genre and transgression
244
Performance and performability
265
Bibliography
287
Index
298
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