The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy

The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy

Paperback Oxford Classical Monographs (Paperback)

By (author) Allan William

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 201mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 11 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199265763
  • ISBN 13: 9780199265763
  • Sales rank: 1,607,630

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The Andromache has long been disparaged despite being a brilliant piece of theatre. In this book Dr Allan draws attention to the neglected artistry of this very impressive and intriguing text. Through careful analysis the Andromache emerges as a play that poses fundamental questions, especially about the polarity of Greek and barbarian, and the morality of the gods. Dr Allan shows how the play also challenges revenge as a motive for action, and explores the role of women as wives, mothers, and victims of war, be they Greek or Trojan, victorious or defeated. These are among the central concerns that make the Andromache a moving and thought-provoking tragedy, full of suffering, suspense, and moral interest. This book contributes both to an appreciation of the Andromache in its own right, and to a wider understanding of the variety and quality of Euripides' oeuvre.

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Author information

William Allan is Assistant Professor of the Classics at Harvard University

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Review from previous edition A[llan] constructs a sophisticated, interlocking, and convincing argument ... a stimulating study'. Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Myth ; 2. Structure, Stagecraft, Unity ; 3. Characterization ; 4. Rhetoric ; 5. The Andromache and the Spread of Attic Tragedy ; 6. Gender ; 7. Chorus ; 8. Gods ; Conclusion