Moral Awareness in Greek Tragedy

Paperback | February 17, 2013

byStuart Lawrence

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Lawrence's volume provides a detailed discussion and analyses of the moral awareness of major characters in Greek tragedy, focusing particularly on the characters' recognition of moral issues and crises, their ability to reflect on them, and their consciousness of doing so. Beginning with a definition of morality and examining the implications of analysing the moral performance of fictional characters, Lawrence considers concepts of the self and the problem of autonomy and personal responsibility in the context of divine intervention, which is a crucial feature of thegenre. The volume then moves on to the individual plays (Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes and Oresteia; Sophocles' Ajax, Trachiniae, Oedipus Tyrannus, Electra, and Philoctetes; and Euripides' Medea, Hecuba, Hippolytus, Heracles, Electra, and Bacchae), focusing in each case on a crisis or crises facedby a major character and examining the background which led to it. Lawrence then considers the individual character's moral response and relates it to the critical issues formulated in the volume's opening discussions.The book will be important to any student of Classical Studies and those in Philosophy or Literature interested in a theoretical discussion of the morality of literary characters.

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Lawrence's volume provides a detailed discussion and analyses of the moral awareness of major characters in Greek tragedy, focusing particularly on the characters' recognition of moral issues and crises, their ability to reflect on them, and their consciousness of doing so. Beginning with a definition of morality and examining the impl...

Stuart Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, and has written a number of articles on Greek tragedy and on Homer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199659761

ISBN - 13:9780199659760

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Moral Autonomy and Divine Intervention3. Aeschylus: Seven against Thebes4. Aeschylus: Agamemnon5. Aeschylus: Choephori and Eumenides6. Sophocles: Ajax7. Sophocles: Trachiniae8. Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus9. Sophocles: Electra10. Sophocles: Philoctetes11. Euripides: Medea12. Euripides: Hecuba13. Euripides: Hippolytus14. Euripides: Heracles15. Euripides: Electra16. Euripides: Bacchae17. ConclusionBibliographyIndex