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The Politics of Greek Tragedy
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The Politics of Greek Tragedy

D.M. Carter

Abstract

This book demonstrates how Greek tragedy can be called a political art form and why this is an exciting idea both for modern scholarship and to modern theatre producers and audiences. The central argument is that Greek tragedy made itself politically relevant to the members of the Greek city-state (polis) generally, rather than to Athenian democracy narrowly. The book begins by explaining the historical and theatrical context of first performance and then proceeds (in chapter 2) through a critical analysis of modern scholarly approaches to tragic politics. Chapter 3 gives a working definition ... More

Keywords: politics, tragedy, city-state, polis, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675501
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675501.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D.M. Carter, author