Choral Identity and the Chorus of Elders in Greek Tragedy

Choral Identity and the Chorus of Elders in Greek Tragedy

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Choral Identity and the Chorus of Elders in Greek Tragedy challenges the commonly held view that choruses are marginalized by the roles they play in classical Athenian tragedy. Focusing on those tragedies that feature a chorus representing old men who are elders of the community where the action is taking place, Dhuga argues that these elders, as elders, are not necessarily marginal and can even become in some ways central to the represented action.show more

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739147307
  • 9780739147306

Review quote

In this provocative study, Dhuga challenges received views of the role of choruses of Elders in Greek tragedy and illuminates the way that political context and the relation between ruler and subject defines their surprisingly varied identities. -- Helene Foley, Barnard College, Columbia University The identity and role of the chorus is one of the central topics in contemporary study of Greek tragedy, and this book makes an important and original contribution to the debate. Dhuga challenges the widely-held view that choruses are socially marginal and excluded from political power. He focuses on choruses of old men and argues convincingly that they are not necessarily marginal because they are old. He offers thoughtful and sensitive analyses of five plays, with many new insights. The book is both scholarly and well-written, with helpful summaries at the end of each chapter and a clear overall argument. -- Michael Lloyd, University College Dublinshow more

About U. S. Dhuga

U. S. Dhuga is professor of classics at Calvin College.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. Chapter 2 Chapter One. Choral Identity in Sophocles' Oedipus Coloneus Chapter 3 Chapter Two. Choral Identity in Euripides' Heraclidae Chapter 4 Chapter Three. Choral Identity in Euripides' Hercules Furens and Aeschylus' Agamemnon Chapter 5 Chapter Four. Choral Identity in Sophocles' Antigoneshow more