An Introduction to Greek Tragedy by Ruth ScodelAn Introduction to Greek Tragedy by Ruth Scodel

An Introduction to Greek Tragedy

byRuth Scodel

Paperback | August 16, 2010

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 179 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This book provides a brief and accessible introduction to Greek tragedy for students and general readers alike. 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.
Title:An Introduction to Greek TragedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:August 16, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521705606

ISBN - 13:9780521705608

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

1. Defining tragedy; 2. Approaches; 3. Origin, festival, and competition; 4. Historical and intellectual background; 5. Persians; 6. The Oresteia; 7. Antigone; 8. Medea; 9. Hippolytus; 10. Oedipus the King; 11. Helen; 12. Orestes; 13. Comparing the tragedians; 14. The inheritance of Greek tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a valuable addition to introductions to tragedy that have recently appeared... this is a consistently good and often inspired introduction, well written..." ---New England Classical Journal