Sophocles: An Interpretation by R. P. Winnington-IngramSophocles: An Interpretation by R. P. Winnington-Ingram

Sophocles: An Interpretation

byR. P. Winnington-Ingram

Paperback | March 31, 1980

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In this interpretation of the seven extant tragedies of Sophocles, Professor Winnington-Ingram provides not so much a straightforward account of Sophocles as an exploration of his tragic vision of the world. The Sophoclean 'hero' lies at the centre of this vision. Taking the plays individually but without losing sight of the single consistent mind behind them, the author faces the questions of how the hero is to be regarded, what we are to make of the fates he suffered and the divine powers who controlled those fates. He proceeds by a detailed study of what Sophocles wrote, by close attention to form and recurrent themes, and especially by close analysis of a number of choral odes. Students of Greek drama will find that this detailed study provides invaluable insights into the meaning of the tragedies. Greek in the text is translated or paraphrased, so that the book will also be of interest to students of the literature and drama of other cultures.
The Greek dramatist Sophocles, born to a wealthy family at Colonus, near Athens, was admired as a boy for his personal beauty and musical skill. He served faithfully as a treasurer and general for Athens when it was expanding its empire and influence. In the dramatic contests, he defeated Aeschylus in 468 b.c. for first prize in traged...
Title:Sophocles: An InterpretationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:March 31, 1980Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521296846

ISBN - 13:9780521296847


Table of Contents

Preface; Bibliography of short titles; 1. Introduction; 2. The mind of Ajax; 3. The burial of Ajax; 4. Trachiniae; 5. Sophocles and the irrational: three odes in Antigone; 6. Creon and Antigone; 7. Fate in Sophocles; 8. The fall of Oedipus; 9. Furies in Sophocles; 10. Electra; 11. Oedipus at Colonus; 12. Philoctetes; 13. Heroes and gods; Appendices; Select index.