The Political Art of Greek Tragedy
August 1993, Polity
The author examines the political, social and even psychological problems of the inhabitants of fifth-century Athens, during a time of rapid change. Through the role of festivals and the role of the festival of Dionysus in particular, Meier moves on to the interpretation of Aeschylus' plays. He shows how the political statements of the mythical characters made sense of and even influenced the politics of the day. Finally, he discusses the work of Sophocles in counterpoint to the plays of Aeschylus.
This book will be of interest to students and academics of history, particularly the history of the ancient world, as well as those studying literature and drama.
3. The significance of festivals in Athens.
4. Tragedy and the festival of Dionysus.
7. The political foundations of Classicism
* The book includes a full interpretation of Aeschylus's plays: The Oresteia, Prometheus
'This is a powerful thesis.... ... It is extremely welcome to have a German historian of Meier's calibre not only re-emphasising the crucial need to recognise historical change in our study of tragedy, but also demonstrating the importance of tragedy itself to any fully integrated historical analysis of fifth-century Athens.' Journal of Hellenic Studies