Tragedy and Athenian Religion

Tragedy and Athenian Religion

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Stemming from Harvard University's Carl Newell Jackson Lectures, Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood's Tragedy and Athenian Religion sets out a radical reexamination of the relationship between Greek tragedy and religion. Based on a reconstruction of the context in which tragedy was generated as a ritual performance during the festival of the City Dionysia, Sourvinou-Inwood shows that religious exploration had been crucial in the emergence of what developed into fifth-century Greek tragedy.show more

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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 157.5 x 238.8 x 35.3mm | 839.16g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 10 pls
  • 0739103997
  • 9780739103999
  • 1,750,322

About Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in Classics. She has been a Junior Research Fellow at St.Hugh's College, Oxford, a University Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, a Senior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and a Reader in Classics at the University of Reading. She is the author of several volumes on the classics, including 'Reading' Greek Culture: Texts and Images, Rituals and Myths(1991) and 'Reading' Greek Death (1996).show more

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Everyone with even a peripheral interest in tragedy, or indeed in fifth-century Athenian history, should read this work and engage in the debate it will no doubt provoke...This is a valuable study which should change the ways we think about tragedy. The Classical Bulletin This is a...book even for the non-specialist, and one that will doubtless have important implications for those wishing to understand the complexities of Greek tragedy in context. Political Studies Review With this bold book...Sourvinou-Inwood has produced another original eurodite, and provocative exploration of classical Greek religious mentality...intelligent and impassioned argument...belongs: on the bookshelves of all research libraries and of all Hellenists interested in classical Athenian literature and religion. Resenas Bibliograficas This is a passionate book bearing an urgent message The Classical Outlookshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 Tragedy, Audiences, and Religion Chapter 2 Tragedy and Religion: Shifting Perspectives and Ancient Filters Chapter 3 Setting Out the Distances: Religion, Audiences, and the World of Tragedy Part 4 The Ritual Context Chapter 5 The Great Dionysia: a Reconstruction Chapter 6 [Re]Constructing the Beginnings Chapter 7 The Great Dionysia and the "Ritual Matrix" of Tragedy Part 8 Religion and the Fifth-Century Tragedians Chapter 9 "Starting" with Aeschylus Chapter 10 From Phyrynichos to Euripides: the Tragic Choruses Chapter 11 Euripidean Tragedy and Religious Exploration Chapter 12 Walking Among Mortals? Modalities of Divine Appearance in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides Part 13 A Summary of the Central Conclusionshow more

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