Ancient History & Civilisation

Greek Tragedy: Themes and Contexts

Greek Tragedy: Themes and Contexts

The latest volume in the Classical World series, this book offers a much-needed up-to-date introduction to Greek tragedy, and covers the most important thematic topics studied at school or university level. After a brief analysis of the genre and main figures, it focuses on the broader questions of what defines tragedy, what its particular preoccupations are, and what makes these texts so widely studied and performed more than 2,000 years after they were written. As such, the book will be of interest to students taking broad courses on Greek tragedy, while also being suitable for the general reader who wants an overview of the subject.

All passages of tragedy discussed are translated by the author and supplementary information includes a chronology of all the surviving tragedies, a glossary, and guidance on further reading.

Chapter 1. Tragedy as a Genre

Chapter 2. Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides

Chapter 3. Myth

Chapter 4. Heroes

Chapter 5. The Gods

Chapter 6. Contemporary Thought

Chapter 7. Gender and the Family

Chapter 8. The Chorus


Glossary of Greek and Technical Terms Used

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