Part I Tragedy in Its Athenian Context.
1 What Was Tragedy?.
Definitions of Tragedy.
What Did It Do?.
Where Did It Come From?.
How Were the Plays Performed?.
2 Tragedy and the Polis.
Empire and Hegemony.
Nothing to Do with the City?.
3 Tragedy and Greek Religion.
Sacred Time and Space.
Ritual Practice in Tragedy.
Greek Gods and Mortals.
Tragedy and Myth.
Part II Thematic Approaches.
4 War and Empire.
Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis.
5 Family Romance and Revenge in the House of Atreus.
6 Victims and Victimizers.
Euripides’ Trojan Women.
7 The King and I.
Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannos.
8 Epilogue: Modern Performances (with Sue Blundell).
“A new approach to a popular subject offering readings of some of the best-known Attic tragedies in both their ancient and modern contexts. The author's application of contemporary debates and issues to the ancient material is refreshing and stimulating. This book has much to offer.”
Fiona McHardy, Roehampton University
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- An engaging introduction to Greek tragedy, its history, and its reception in the contemporary world with suggested readings for further study
- Examines tragedy’s relationship to democracy, religion, and myth
- Explores contemporary approaches to scholarship, including structuralist, psychoanalytic, and feminist theory
- Provides a thorough examination of contemporary performance practices
- Includes detailed readings of selected plays