The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Hardcover | June 26, 2010

byAlan H. Sommerstein

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The Tangled Ways of Zeus is a collection of studies written over the last twenty years by the distinguished classicist Alan Sommerstein about various aspects of ancient Greek tragedy (and, in some cases, other related genres). It complements his recent collection of studies in Greek comedy,Talking about Laughter (OUP, 2009). Some of the essays have not been published previously, others have appeared in books or journals hard to find outside major academic libraries. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatists(especially Aeschylus and Sophocles), the genre, and its interactions with the society, culture, and religion of classical Athens.

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The Tangled Ways of Zeus is a collection of studies written over the last twenty years by the distinguished classicist Alan Sommerstein about various aspects of ancient Greek tragedy (and, in some cases, other related genres). It complements his recent collection of studies in Greek comedy,Talking about Laughter (OUP, 2009). Some of t...

Alan H. Sommerstein is Professor of Greek at the University of Nottingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568316

ISBN - 13:9780199568314

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Introduction1. The titles of Greek dramas2. Violence in Greek drama3. Adolescence, ephebeia, and Athenian drama4. Sherlockismus and the study of fragmentary tragedies5. The seniority of Polyneikes in Aeschylus' Seven6. The beginning and the end of Aeschylus' Danaid trilogy7. The theatre audience, the Demos, and the Suppliants of Aeschylus8. Sleeping safe in our beds: stasis, assassination, and the Oresteia9. The tangled ways of Zeus10. The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?11. Pathos and mathos before Zeus12. Oresteia Act II: two misconceptions13. Aeschylus' epitaph14. Dearest Haimon15. 'They all knew how it was going to end': tragedy, myth, and the spectator16. Alternative scenarios in Sophocles' Electra17. Sophocles' Palamedes and Nauplius plays: no trilogy here18. 'The rugged Pyrrhus': the son of Achilles in tragedy19. What ought the Thebans to have done?