Tragedy and Civilization: An Interpretation of Sophocles

Tragedy and Civilization: An Interpretation of Sophocles


By (author) Charles Segal

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  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 229mm x 30mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Oklahoma
  • ISBN 10: 0806131365
  • ISBN 13: 9780806131368
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,081,980

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Drawing on comprehensive analyses of all of Sophocles' plays, on structuralist anthropology, and on other extensive work on myth and tragedy, Charles Segal examines Sophocles both as a great dramatic poet and as a serious thinker. He shows how Sophoclean tragedy reflects the human condition in its constant and tragic struggle for order and civilized life against the ever-present threat of savagery and chaotic violence, both within society and within the individual. Tragedy and Civilization begins with a study of these themes and then proceeds to detailed discussions of each of the seven plays. For this edition Segal also provides a new preface discussing recent developments in the study of Sophocles.

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