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

N. J. Sewell-Rutter

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199227334
eISBN:
9780191711152
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Blighted and accursed families are an inescapable feature of Greek tragedy, and many scholars have treated the questions of inherited guilt, curses, and divine causation. This book gives these ... More


Conclusion

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/9780199227334.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This concluding chapter presents a synthesis of the discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues that issues of familial interaction, causation, human action, and moral responsibility in Attic ... More


Introduction

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/9780199227334.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the characteristics of a Greek tragedy. It then explains the purpose of the book, which is to shed new light on one of the central concerns ... More


The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

W. V. Harris (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199233359
eISBN:
9780191716348
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Most people have some idea what Greeks and Romans coins looked like, but few know how complex Greek and Roman monetary systems eventually became. The contributors to this book are numismatists, ... More


Hegel’s <i>Phenomenology</i>: The Fate of Tragedy

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Hegel's The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807). The Phenomenology treats tragedy both as a model for historical processes in ancient Greek society, and, for the first time, as a ... More


Chapter One

George Steiner

in Antigones

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192819345
eISBN:
9780191670503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192819345.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

Various Europeans scholars, poets, and philosophers who lived during the period between 1790 and 1905 would all agree that, aside from how Sophocles' Antigone was the best of Greek tragedies, this ... More


Introduction: Tragedy and Philosophy around 1800

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter provides an overview of tragedy. Tragedy is the most philosophical of art forms. However, tragedy has not always been philosophical in the same way. Around 1800, tragedy's ... More


Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Gonda Van Steen

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199572885
eISBN:
9780191722905
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Many studies have been written on the Greek Civil War's political causes, characteristics, and repercussions, but Greece's theater history of those years seems to have been largely forgotten. This is ... More


Quarreling over Tragedy

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter begins with a consideration of the comparison of antiquity and modernity. From the Renaissance until around 1800, evaluative comparison of antiquity and modernity was an important mode ... More


Curses

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/9780199227334.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates the highly charged and emotive utterance that is the tragic curse, and considers its status as a causal factor in those plays in which it is important. It starts by ... More


Fate, Freedom, Decision Making: Eteocles and Others

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/9780199227334.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates the agency and decision-making processes of the mortals in tragedy on whom the weight of supernatural causation rests. It considers successively fate, mortal freedom, and ... More


Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

A. D. Nuttall

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering or death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or ... More


Revolutionary Freedom

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter traces the concept of freedom in revolutionary context, and argues that Greek tragedy was a privileged vehicle for the investigation of freedom within history. Two revolutions, the ... More


Tragic Theologies

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter traces the nexus of religion, philosophy, politics, and tragedy, concentrating on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Hölderlin in their years after the Stift. The Tübingen Stift ... More


Beautiful Tears

Victoria Wohl

in Euripides and the Politics of Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691166506
eISBN:
9781400866403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691166506.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter asks about the ethics of (lyric and structural) beauty and the politics of pathos in two plays, Trojan Women and Hecuba. The first, Trojan Women, presents a tale of unmitigated misery ... More


Inherited Guilt

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/9780199227334.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter pursues a line of enquiry suggested by the consideration of Herodotus in Chapter 1. It asks whether those unfortunate descendants in tragedy who are punished for the sins of their ... More


Births of the Tragic

Joshua Billings

in Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159232
eISBN:
9781400852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159232.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This concluding chapter argues that although the close connections that gave life to tragedy were severed as the major thinkers drifted apart and turned to other concerns by 1807, in an important ... More


Singing Roles in Tragedy

EDITH HALL

in The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199298891
eISBN:
9780191711459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298891.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In this chapter the issue is not so much the techniques and experience of the singing actor himself, but what the formal structure of Greek tragedy — rhythmically and musically — has to do with its ... More


Broken Plays for a Broken World

Victoria Wohl

in Euripides and the Politics of Form

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691166506
eISBN:
9781400866403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691166506.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyzes the relation between tragedy and its historical moment, focusing in particular on Orestes. It elaborates on an anticipatory temporality of tragic politics suggested at the end ... More


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


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