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    DescriptionThe first two chapters of this book isolate and describe the literary phenomenon of the Sophoclean tragic hero. In all but one of the extant Sophoclean dramas, a heroic figure who is compounded of the same literary elements faced a situation which is essentially the same. The demonstration of this recurrent pattern is made not through character-analysis, but through a close examination of the language employed by both the hero and those with whom he contends. The two chapters attempt to present what might, with a slight exaggeration, be called the 'formula' of Sophoclean tragedy. A great artist may repeat a structural pattern but he never really repeats himself. In the remaining four chapters, a close analysis of three plays, the Antigone, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus, emphasizes the individuality and variety of the living figures Sophocles created on the same basic armature. This approach to Sophoclean drama is (as in the author's previous work on the subject) both historical and critical; the universal and therefore contemporary appeal of the plays is to be found not by slighting or dismissing their historical context, but by an attempt to understand it all in its complexity. 'The play needs to be seen as what it was, to be understood as what it is'.


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    Title
    The Heroic Temper
    Subtitle
    Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bernard Knox
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 40 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520049574
    ISBN 10: 0520049578
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
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    Libri: I-PA
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC19: 882.01
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    DC22: 882
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 June 1983
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Bernard M. W. Knox, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C., was formerly Professor of Classics at Yale University. He is the author of numerous articles and monographs including The Serpent and the Flame, and Oedipus at Thebes.