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The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Alan H. Sommerstein

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book brings together nineteen studies on ancient Athenian drama, especially tragedy; five of these have not previously appeared in print, and almost all the others were first published (between ... 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


Pathos and mathos before Zeus

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter seeks to interpret the statement in Aeschylus, Agamemnon 176–8 that Zeus laid down the law pathei mathos (‘learning through suffering’), asking in particular whether we are meant to ... More


Sleeping safe in our beds: stasis, assassination, and the Oresteia

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter shows that killing by night is a major theme of Aeschylus' Oresteia, from the sack of Troy, through the storm that wrecked the returning Greek fleet, to the murder of Klytaimestra and ... More


Comic Elements in Tragic Language: The Case of Aeschylus' Oresteia

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Language of Greek Comedy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199245475
eISBN:
9780191714993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245475.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Aeschylus' Oresteia to show that linguistic features, which are common in comedy, are either unknown or at least exceedingly rare in tragedy. In Oresteia such ‘comic’ features, ... More


Tragic Textiles and the House of Atreus

Melissa Mueller

in Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226312958
eISBN:
9780226313009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 reads the tapestry scene in Aeschylus’ Agamemnonwith special attention to the textile’s qualities as a physical artifact and how it gets repurposed in the Choephoroiand in the later ... 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


Christa Wolf

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters: Virgil's Presence in Contemporary Women's Writing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582969
eISBN:
9780191731198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582969.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Christa Wolf's Kassandra (1983) is, perhaps, the 20th century's most acclaimed female response to and rewriting of an ancient epic. As an East German woman writer whose work was subject to the ... More


Historicist Hermeneutics and Contestatory Ritual Poetics: An Encounter Between Pindaric Epinikion and Attic Tragedy

Leslie Kurke

in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823264858
eISBN:
9780823266852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter insists on the need to extend the (neo-)positivist hermeneutic paradigm in a way that would fruitfully combine the insights of New Historicism and Historical Poetics. Focusing on a ... More


Commentary

A. J. Bowen

in Aeschylus: Suppliant Women

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781908343789
eISBN:
9781800342873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781908343789.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter provides the commentary for Aeschylus' play the Suppliant Women. It explains the major musical and metrical shifts of the play that gave an instant understanding of the play's formal ... More


Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame

Maureen Alden

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199291069
eISBN:
9780191746963
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199291069.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book offers the first full-length study in English of the relationship between the Odyssey’s main narrative and its para-narratives, the secondary narratives and episodes in a minor key which ... More


The Man Who Came to Read the Metre

Lee Hall

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

A personal memoir of how Tony Harrison influenced both my work personally and my generation of playwrights in general. From a meeting in Newcastle Upon Tyne when I was a teenager to his guidance as a ... More


Harrison as Scholar-Poet of the Theatre

Fiona Macintosh

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Tony Harrison is widely acclaimed for his ability to make the most complex arguments lucid and accessible. Yet it is this very accessibility that often belies the degree of scholarship that informs ... More


Introduction

Alan H. Sommerstein

in Horkos: The Oath in Greek Society

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675679
eISBN:
9781781380581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675679.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book explores the importance of oaths in almost all aspects of the life in ancient Greece, from politics to business and commerce, international relations, athletics, and literature. It ... More


The Western and Western Drama: John Ford's The Searchers and the Oresteia

Paul A. Cantor

in The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813140827
eISBN:
9780813141299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter One uses Aeschylus’ Oresteia as background for understanding John Ford's Western The Searchers. Both works explore the thin line between civilization and barbarism, and portray characters ... More


Dramatic Judgments Measure for Measure, Revenge, and the Institution of the Law

Bernadette Meyler

in Theaters of Pardoning

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739330
eISBN:
9781501739392
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739330.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Analyzing William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure as the paradigm for theaters of pardoning, this chapter examines the relationships among judgment, pardoning and sovereignty in the play. It posits ... 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


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


“There Is Trouble Here. There Is More to Come”: Greek Tragedy and the Work of Mourning

David W. McIvor

in Mourning in America: Race and the Politics of Loss

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704956
eISBN:
9781501706189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704956.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter begins to develop the idea of a democratic work of mourning by first displacing it from the immediate context of contemporary dramas of reconciliation and social repair. In particular, ... More


Conclusion

in The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy: Playing Space and Chorus

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226477572
eISBN:
9780226477565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226477565.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In the earliest surviving tragedies by Aeschylus, we find two actors playing roles to a choros but not predominantly deployed for dialogue between characters. In these plays, the choros receives the ... More


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