Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics by Mary Whitlock BlundellHelping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics by Mary Whitlock Blundell

Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics

byMary Whitlock Blundell

Paperback | July 26, 1991

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This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies." Five of the extant plays are discussed in detail from both a dramatic and an ethical standpoint, and the author concludes that ethical themes are not only integral to each drama, but are subjected to an implicit critique through the tragic consequences to which they give rise. Greek scholars and students of Greek drama and Greek thought will welcome this book, which is presented in such a way as to be accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike. No knowledge of Greek is required.
Title:Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:July 26, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521423902

ISBN - 13:9780521423908

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Table of Contents

Preface; Glossary of Greek words; 1. Introduction; 2. Helping friends and harming enemies; 3. Ajax; 4. Antigone; 5. Electra; 6. Philoctetes; 7. Oedipus at Colonus; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This book belongs firmly within the best tradition of Sophoclean interpretation....a good book: it discusses important questions responsibly and thoughtfully." Ruth Scodel, Ancient Philosophy