Tragedy and Civilization

Tragedy and Civilization : An Interpretation of Sophocles

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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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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 144.78 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • University of Oklahoma Press
  • Oklahoma, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0806131365
  • 9780806131368
  • 1,247,722

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