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Erinyes

N. J. Sewell‐Rutter

in Guilt by Descent: Moral Inheritance and Decision Making in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199227334
eISBN:
9780191711152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines those endlessly polymorphous entities, the Erinyes, sometimes the enforcers or even the embodiments of curses and the rectifiers of familial transgression. It first looks at ... More


Cratinus and Tragedy

Emmanuela Bakola

in Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199569359
eISBN:
9780191722332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569359.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Through examination of four of Cratinus' comedies, Ch 3 challenges the generally accepted argument that Aristophanes is unusual in his engagement with tragedy and demonstrates that paratragedy was ... More


Aeschylus: Oresteia

Paul Hammond

in The Strangeness of Tragedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199572601
eISBN:
9780191702099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572601.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Aeschylus' Oresteia is a trilogy comprised of Agamemnon, Choephori (Libation Bearers), and Eumenides. Agamemnon presents the return of the king to Argos after the fall of Troy. For the Greeks the ... More


Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Sarah Iles Johnston

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

During the archaic and classical periods, Greek ideas about the dead evolved in response to changing social and cultural conditions—most notably changes associated with the development of the polis, ... More


Structure

A.F. Garvie

in Aeschylus' Supplices: Play and Trilogy (second edition)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781904675365
eISBN:
9781781387146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675365.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the structure of the Supplices, more than half of which consists of lyrics. It considers the claim that the chorus' role of ‘protagonist’ in the play does not really explain the ... More


Background

A.F. Garvie

in Aeschylus' Supplices: Play and Trilogy (second edition)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781904675365
eISBN:
9781781387146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675365.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines various attempts to establish the date of the Supplices based on its supposed allusions to contemporary events, as well as the argument from the similar praises of Argos in the ... More


Purging the Polis: Erinyes, Eumenides, and Semnai Theai

Sarah Iles Johnston

in Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520217072
eISBN:
9780520922310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217072.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter looks closely at the Erinyes and two related groups of goddesses, the Eumenides and the Semnai Theai, and at the relationship between the goddess Erinys and Demeter. The Erinyes acted on ... More


Two Orders of Individuality

Jonathan Strauss

in Private Lives, Public Deaths: Antigone and the Invention of Individuality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251322
eISBN:
9780823252954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251322.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

As has been remarked by Hegel, Jean-Pierre Vernant, and others, Antigone stages a tension between two different formulations of individuality, one more archaic and mythical, the other more modern and ... More


Behind the Scenes: The Oresteia

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

After introducing Greek tragedy and its Athenian context, this chapter explores the significance of Helen of Troy for Aeschylus’s trilogy, the Oresteia. Though Helen does not appear on stage, she has ... More


Time, Space, and Ideology: Tragic Myths and the Athenian Polis

Richard Buxton

in Myths and Tragedies in their Ancient Greek Contexts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199557615
eISBN:
9780191752209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557615.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines myths-in-tragedy, asking especially whether tragic retellings of myth are ‘distinctively Athenian’. Starting from Aristotle's Poetics, the argument asserts that tragedy is, from ... More


Classical Presences and ‘Post Dramatic’ Performances

Nurit Yaari

in Between Jerusalem and Athens: Israeli Theatre and the Classical Tradition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198746676
eISBN:
9780191808531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198746676.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at theatrical productions created in the wake of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, which sought to convey the shock that permeated Israeli society as a ... More


Viewing through the Frame of Tragedy

Eleftheria Ioannidou

in Greek Fragments in Postmodern Frames: Rewriting Tragedy 1970-2005

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199664115
eISBN:
9780191833380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664115.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 examines plays that turn to Greek tragedy in response to collective predicament and catastrophe in the contemporary world. The discussion focuses on Steven Berkoff’s Greek, after Oedipus ... More


Mercy at the Areopagus: A Nietzschean Account of Justice and Joy in the

Daniel Telech

in Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190610784
eISBN:
9780190610807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Drama

This essay focuses on the third play in the Oresteia trilogy, the Eumenides. Telech provides a compelling reinterpretation of Nietzsche’s reading of Aeschylus's masterpiece, saving the reading from ... More


After Vice: The Call of Accountability

Mark E. Button

in Political Vices

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190274962
eISBN:
9780190274986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274962.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, American Politics

This chapter develops a new theory of political accountability in light of political vices like hubris, blindness to moral blind spots, and political recalcitrance. It considers the various barriers ... More


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