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    Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes (Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy) (Paperback) By (author) Isabelle Torrance

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    DescriptionAccessible introductions to ancient tragedies. Each volume discusses the main themes of a play and the central developments in modern criticism, while also addressing the play's historical context and the history of its performance and adaptation.One of our earliest surviving Greek tragedies, Aeschylus' "Seven Against Thebes" is an extraordinarily rich poetic text. It dramatises the civil war between the sons of Oedipus ?Polynices, the exile, and Eteocles, reigning king of Thebes. Polynices marches on Thebes to regain his throne along with six other champion warriors and their armies, but the expedition is doomed, and the meaning of Oedipus' enigmatic curse on his sons ultimately becomes clear through their simultaneous fratricide and the extinction of the Theban house.This book places the drama within the context of the connected trilogy of which it was a part. It investigates the play's tensions between city and family and the omnipresence of curse and ritual within the religious and political environment of fifth century Greece. The drama's focus on the world of male warriors, and its stark opposition of the sexes through the female Chorus, is analysed in terms of warrior ideology in epic and Greek understanding of appropriate behaviour. Finally, it explores the complex legacy of the play through its influence on Sophocles and Euripides, and shows how the drama's condemnation of civil war has been exploited as an analogue for events in modern history.


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    Title
    Aeschylus
    Subtitle
    Seven Against Thebes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Isabelle Torrance
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 174
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780715634660
    ISBN 10: 0715634666
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
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    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    LC classification: PA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    DC22: 882.01
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSBB
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2AHA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bristol Classical Press
    Publication date
    02 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Isabelle Torrance has taught at Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and the University of Nottingham, where she is currently completing a three-year Research Fellowship. She has published several articles on Greek tragedy within its ancient context and on the reception of Greek tragedy through the ages.