Studies in Fifth Century Thought and Literature

Studies in Fifth Century Thought and Literature

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This volume covers a wide range of topics in Athenian intellectual history, drawing on the methods of various other disciplines to provoke a reconsideration of outstanding problems and controversies in classical studies. The papers have been organised by the editor around three natural groupings. The first five chapters will be of interest to those who have no specialist knowledge of Greek. There is a fresh look at Socrates' doctrine of the soul, a twentieth-century reappraisal of Protagoras' relativism and an examination of the primary function of myths. A second group analyses more specific problems, considering the two burials of the Antigone, the stylistic characterisation in the speeches in Thucydides and the Socratic paradox as it seems to be stated in the Hippolytus. The final papers critically examine controversial passages from Iphigenta in Aulide and the Trachiniae. The papers, by distinguished scholars, will be important reading for all who are interested in the thought and literature of fifth-century more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139244566
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Tribute to Harry Mortimer Hubbell; Preface; The Socratic self as it is parodied in Aristophanes' Clouds Eric A. Havelock; 2. The relativism of Protagoras A. Thomas Cole; 3. Thucydides' historical perspective Adam Parry; 4. The psychoanalysis of Pentheus in the Bacchae of Euripides William Sale; 5. Aetiology, ritual, charter: three equivocal terms in the study of myths Geoffrey S. Kirk; 6. Divine and human action in Sophocles: the two burials of the Antigone Marsh McCall; 7. Menander's Samia in the light of the new evidence Hugh Lloyd-Jones; 8. The choral odes of the Bacchae of Euripides Marylin Arthur; 9. Stylistic characterisation in Thucydides: Nicias and Alcibiades Daniel P. Tompkins; 10. Scientific apparatus onstage in 423 BC Robert S. Brumbaugh; 11. Phaedra and the Socratic paradox David Claus; 12. Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulide 1-163 (in that order) Bernard M. W Knox; 13. Notes on Sophocles' Trachiniae Hugh more