New PDF release: A Companion to Tragedy

By Rebecca Bushnell

ISBN-10: 1405107359

ISBN-13: 9781405107358

A spouse to Tragedy is an important source for an individual drawn to exploring the position of tragedy in Western background and tradition.

  • Tells the tale of the historic improvement of tragedy from classical Greece to modernity
  • Features 28 essays by means of popular students from a number of disciplines, together with classics, English, drama, anthropology and philosophy
  • Broad in its scope and ambition, it considers interpretations of tragedy via faith, philosophy and historical past
  • Offers a clean evaluation of old Greek tragedy and demonstrates how the perform of examining tragedy has replaced considerably long ago decades

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The first category consists of various mentions or brief descriptions, by several tragedians, of Dionysus or of Dionysiac cult. , Aeschylus frr. , the Lycurgean trilogy). , normally of passages from extant plays) it is sometimes difficult to evaluate the tone of the reference to Dionysus. When, for instance, in Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus there is mention of the presence of Dionysus and his nurses at Colonus in Attica, this seems entirely positive, cohering completely with the praise of Colonus and of Athens that is at the heart of the play.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wilson, P. and Taplin, O. (1993). ’’ Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 39, 169–80. Winkler, J. J. (1990). , ed. J. J. Winkler and F. Zeitlin. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 20–62. Zeitlin, F. I. (1965). ’’ Transactions of the American Philological Association 96, 463–508. 2 Tragedy and Dionysus Richard Seaford In Athens of the classical period tragedy (as well as comedy and satyric drama) was performed at the theater of the god Dionysus, in his cult.

And so Dionysus was angry and sent the Bassarids against him, as Aeschylus the tragic poet relates, . . This has been argued in detail by M. L. West (1983). I add only that it is worth asking why experience of the underworld turned Orpheus into a devotee of the sun. The answer is, I think, provided by the amazing light that frequently marks the unforgettable transition from anxiety to joy for the mystic initiand, as it does also in the modern near-death experience. , Aristophanes Frogs 155, 454–5).

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