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The tangled ways of Zeus : and other studies in and around Greek tragedy

Author: Alan H Sommerstein
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010.
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"This book brings together nineteen studies by Alan Sommerstein on ancient Athenian drama, especially tragedy; five of these have not previously appeared in print, and almost all the others were first published (between 1992 and 2(106) in out-of-the-way journals, collections, or conference volumes. These appear here as originally written, but are accompanied by updating addenda. Though they cover a wide range of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan H Sommerstein
ISBN: 9780199568314 0199568316
OCLC Number: 471822499
Description: viii, 342 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The titles of Greek dramas --
Violence in Greek drama --
Adolescence, ephebeia, and Athenian drama --
Sherlockismus and the study of fragmentary tragedies --
The seniority of Polyneikes in Aeschylus' Seven --
The beginning and the end of Aeschylus' Danaid trilogy --
The theatre audience, the Demos, and the Suppliants of Aeschylus --
Sleeping safe in our beds : stasis, assassination, and Oresteia --
The tangled ways of Zeus --
The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos? --
Pathos and mathos before Zeus --
Oresteia act II : two misconceptions --
Aeschylus' epitaph --
Dearest Haimon --
They all knew how it was going to end : tragedy, myth, and the spectator --
Alternative scenarios in Sophocles' Electra --
Sophocles' Palmedes and Nauplius plays : no trilogy here --
The rugged Pyrrhus : the son of Achilles in tragedy --
What ought the Thebans to have done?..
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A collection of studies written over the last twenty years by the distinguished classicist Alan Sommerstein about various aspects of ancient Greek tragedy (and, in some cases, other related genres).  Read more...

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