Characterization and Individuality in Greek Literature

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorChristoper Pelling

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The Greeks discovered the individual, it is said, but in what sense is this true? Characters in Greek literature may often seem strangely different from their modern counterparts: less idiosyncratic, less real, and with less psychological depth or interest. Personality traits seems to clustermore predictably in the characters of Greek authors than of those today. Despite the wide-ranging scope of this aspect of Greek literature, most previous discussions on Greek characterization and individuality have been limited to particular authors or genres. This volume attempts to illuminate the connections and mutual influences of the various genres in the portrayal of the individual. Ten essays explore the question of the distinction of character and personality (C. Gill); how the Greeks viewed the concept of character (S. Halliwell);characterization in epic (O. Taplin), in tragedy (P. E. Easterling, S. Goldhill, and J. Griffin), in comedy (M. Silk), in philosophical dialectic (L. Coventry), in oratory and rhetoric (D. A. Russell), and in biography (C. B. R. Pelling). This work will be invaluable to anyone interested in Greekliterature and in the phenomenon of characterization and individuality in literature in general.

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The Greeks discovered the individual, it is said, but in what sense is this true? Characters in Greek literature may often seem strangely different from their modern counterparts: less idiosyncratic, less real, and with less psychological depth or interest. Personality traits seems to clustermore predictably in the characters of Greek ...

Christoper Pelling is at University College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198140584

ISBN - 13:9780198140580

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'The volume coheres well, despite the diversity of views expressed, and several of these essays are likely to become standard reading for both classicists and students of drama.'Greece and Rome, Vol.37, No.2, Oct '90