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Murder among friends : violation of philia in Greek tragedy

Author: Elizabeth S Belfiore
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Modern scholars have followed Aristotle in noting the importance of philia (kinship or friendship) in Greek tragedy, especially the large number of plots in which kin harm or murder one another. More than half of the thirty-two extant tragedies focus on an act in which harm occurs or is about to occur among philoi who are blood kin. It appears, then, that kin killing does not merely occur in what Aristotle calls  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth S Belfiore
ISBN: 0195131495 9780195131499
OCLC Number: 40881388
Description: xix, 282 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Philia Relationships and Greek Literature --
2. Averting Fratricide: Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris --
3. The Suppliant Bride: Io and the Danaids in Aiskhylos's Suppliants --
4. A Token of Pain: Betrayal of Xenia in Sophokles' Philoktetes --
5. Sleeping With the Enemy: Euripides' Andromakhe --
6. Killing One's Closest Philos: Self-Slaughter in Sophokles' Aias --
App. A. Violation of Philia in the Extant Tragedies --
App. B. Violation of Philia in the Fragments of the Major Tragedians --
App. C. Violation of Philia in the Fragments of the Minor Tragedians.
Responsibility: Elizabeth S. Belfiore.
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This book argues that Greek tragedy as a genre is characterized by plots centering on kin killing. It contains a detailed analysis of five plays, and comprehensive documentation of this plot pattern  Read more...

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The appendices add considerable breadth to the study and provide statistical support for the overall thesis, and will serve as a useful handlist for the narratives of tragedy no longer extant. There Read more...

 
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