Why Athens?: A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics

Hardcover | May 7, 2011

EditorD. M. Carter

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This collection of fourteen essays and six short responses reconsiders Greek tragedy as a reflection of Athenian political culture. The contributors try to avoid making the controversial assumption that the politics of tragedy were of simple relevance to the Athenian democracy. Instead, theylook for other ways to explain the Athenianness of tragedy. These include: the polyphonic discourse of tragedy; the presentation of Athens in some plays (and the representation of foreigners too); tragedy as an Athenian form of choral performance; and the ways in which family matters are presented,for example marriage alliances or inheritance law. Why Athens? opens up important new ways of considering tragedy as a political art form.

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This collection of fourteen essays and six short responses reconsiders Greek tragedy as a reflection of Athenian political culture. The contributors try to avoid making the controversial assumption that the politics of tragedy were of simple relevance to the Athenian democracy. Instead, theylook for other ways to explain the Athenianne...

Dr. D. M. Carter is Lecturer in Greek at the University of Reading.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mark Griffith and D. M. Carter: IntroductionI. Context1. Peter Wilson: The glue of democracy? Tragedy, structure and finance2. D. M. Carter: Plato, drama, and rhetoric3. Anne Duncan: Nothing to do with Athens? Tragedians at the courts of tyrantsRichard Seaford: ResponseII. Discourse4. Peter Burian: Athenian tragedy as democratic discourse5. Jon Hesk: Euripidean euboulia and the problem of 'tragic politics'6. Elton T. E. Barker: 'Possessing an unbridled tongue': frank speech and speaking back in Euripides' OrestesMalcolm Heath: ResponseIII. FamiliesMark Griffith: 7. Mark Griffith: Extended families, marriage, and inter-city relations in (later) Athenian tragedy: Dynasts II8. Eleanor OKell: Inheritance and the Athenian nature of Sophoclean tragedyPeter Rhodes: ResponseIV. Choruses9. Sheila Murnaghan: Choroi achoroi: the Athenian politics of tragic choral identity10. Eirene Visvardi: Pity and panhellenic politics: choral emotion in Euripides' Hecuba and Trojan WomenIan Ruffell: ResponseV. Suppliants11. Angeliki Tzanetou: Supplication and empire in Athenian tragedy12. Graziella Vinh: Athens in Euripides' Suppliants: ritual, politics, and theatreBarbara Goff: ResponseVI. Athens and Greece13. David Rosenbloom: The panhellenism of Athenian tragedy14. John Gibert: Hellenicity in later Euripidean tragedyAnthony J. Podlecki: Response