Greek Tragic Style: Form, Language and Interpretation by R. B. RutherfordGreek Tragic Style: Form, Language and Interpretation by R. B. Rutherford

Greek Tragic Style: Form, Language and Interpretation

byR. B. Rutherford

Hardcover | June 29, 2012

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Greek tragedy is widely read and performed, but outside the commentary tradition detailed study of the poetic style and language of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides has been relatively neglected. This book seeks to fill that gap by providing an account of the poetics of the tragic genre. The author describes the varied handling of spoken dialogue and of lyric song; major topics such as vocabulary, rhetoric, and imagery are considered in detail and illustrated from a broad range of plays. The contribution of the chorus to the dramas is also discussed. Characterization, irony and generalizing statements are treated in separate chapters and these topics are illuminated by comparisons which show not only what is shared by the three major dramatists but also what distinguishes their practice. The book sheds light both on the genre as a whole and on many particular passages.
Title:Greek Tragic Style: Form, Language and InterpretationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:492 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.02 inPublished:June 29, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521848903

ISBN - 13:9780521848909


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Genre: form, structure and mode; 3. Words, themes and names; 4. The imagery of Greek tragedy; 5. The dramatists at work: part 1 (spoken verse); 6. The dramatists at work: part 2 (lyric); 7. The characters of Greek tragedy; 8. The irony of Greek tragedy; Appendix: ironic dramatists?; 9. The wisdom of Greek tragedy; 10. Epilogue.