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    Plague and the Athenian Imagination: Drama, History, and the Cult of Asclepius (Paperback) By (author) Robin Mitchell-Boyask

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    DescriptionThe great plague of Athens that began in 430 BCE had an enormous effect on the imagination of its literary artists and on the social imagination of the city as a whole. In this 2007 book, Professor Mitchell-Boyask studies the impact of the plague on Athenian tragedy early in the 420s and argues for a significant relationship between drama and the development of the cult of the healing god Asclepius in the next decade, during a period of war and increasing civic strife. The Athenian decision to locate their temple for Asclepius adjacent to the Theater of Dionysus arose from deeper associations between drama, healing and the polis that were engaged actively by the crisis of the plague. The book also considers the representation of the plague in Thucydides' History as well as the metaphors generated by that representation which recur later in the same work.


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    Title
    Plague and the Athenian Imagination
    Subtitle
    Drama, History, and the Cult of Asclepius
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robin Mitchell-Boyask
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521296373
    ISBN 10: 0521296374
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    LC classification: PA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A23500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A24200000
    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    BISAC V2.8: DRA006000
    DC22: 882.0109162
    Thema V1.0: DSG, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    This is clearly a book that could only be written by a seasoned scholar who has spent a great deal of time with Greek tragedy. Its observations are so wide-ranging and comprehensive, the connections it draws so ingenious and unexpected, that they could only be the product of long engagement with these texts. Even if they ultimately decide not to side with M-B on many of his particular readings, students of tragedy, ancient medicine, and Athenian social and religious history will undoubtedly benefit from this creative and original book. --BCMR
    Table of contents
    Prologue; 1. Introduction; 2. Death, myth and drama before the Plague; 3. Materials I: the language of disease in tragedy; 4. Plague, cult and drama: Euripides' Hippolytus; 5. Oedipus and the Plague; 6. Trachiniae and the Plague; 7. Materials II: the cult of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus; 8. Disease and stasis in Euripidean drama: tragic pharmacology on the south slope of the Acropolis; 9. The Athenian Asklepieion and the end of Philoctetes; 10. Conclusions and afterthoughts.