Persuasion in Greek Tragedy

Persuasion in Greek Tragedy : A Study of Peitho

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One of the difficulties in appreciating the literature of a foreign culture, and even more that of an ancient one, is to be sensitive to the overtones that certain concepts held for the original audience. A distinctive feature of Greek culture was an awareness of the power of words, and an interest in the interrelationships between persuasion (peitho), deception and violence. These issues figured with some prominence in Greek plays. Dr Buxton maintains that certain aspects of classical tragedy become clearer if we recognise what peitho meant to the Greeks. In the first part of his book, he attempts to 'excavate' the concept of peitho, uncovering its various associations in different areas of experience - politics, rhetoric, love, morality and philosophy. Armed with what he has discovered, he turns in the second part to an analysis of selected plays by Aischylos, Sophokles and Euripides in which persuasion plays a major more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521136733
  • 9780521136730
  • 1,257,606

Table of contents

List of plates; Preface; Abbreviations; Note on translations and transliteration; Introduction; 1. The persuasive word in Greece; 2. Peitho; 3. more