- Title Pages
- 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- 3. The Protection of the Self and the Role of <i>Sophia</i>
- 4. Some Connotations of <i>Sophia</i>
- 5. Polyneices’s Truth
- 6. Hecuba’s Rhetoric
- 7. Eros in Euripides’s Poetics: Sex as the Cause of the Trojan War
- 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- 9. The Power of Love: Who Is Aphrodite?
- 10. Phaedra
- 11. Hermione: The <i>Andromache</i>
- 12. Female Victims of War: The <i>Troades</i>
- 13. The Survival in Poetry
- 14. Figures of Metalepsis: The Invention of “Literature”
- 15. The Failure of Politics in Euripides’s Poetics: Politics in the <i>Suppliant Women</i>
- 16. Political Philosophy: A Universal Program of Peace and Progress
- 17. How to Deliberate a War
- 18. Democracy and Monarchy
- 19. The Battle
- 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- 21. Return to Arms
- 22. The Polis’s Loss of Control and Authority
- 23. The Bacchants’ Gospel and the Greek City
- 24. Pentheus and Teiresias
- 25. Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round
- 26. Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon
- 27. Initiation and Sacrifice
- 28. Victory and Defeat
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Subject Index
- Index Locorum
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter examines some of the textual moves employed by Euripides that have the effect of suspending or undercutting the Greek gods' anthropomorphism. It considers how the universal forces, which in Euripides appear to be synonyms or substitutions for the traditional gods and are also indifferent, cosmic principles, can be understood as divine entities and objects of cult. It also explores how these universal forces' specific relationship to the traditional gods can be described. It shows that the conflation of a divine figure with a cosmic force gives rise to an impersonal principle, “Necessity,” the realm of which fially absorbs the mythological figures, Zeus, Thanatos (the personifid name of death), and Charon (the bogeyman) with their dramatic interventions.
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