The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy

The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy

by William Allan
     
 

The Andromache has long been disparaged despite being a brilliant piece of theater. In this book Dr. Allan draws attention to the neglected artistry of this very impressive and intriguing text. Through careful analysis the Andromache emerges as a play that poses fundamental questions, especially about the polarity of Greek and barbarian, and the morality of the

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The Andromache has long been disparaged despite being a brilliant piece of theater. In this book Dr. Allan draws attention to the neglected artistry of this very impressive and intriguing text. Through careful analysis the Andromache emerges as a play that poses fundamental questions, especially about the polarity of Greek and barbarian, and the morality of the gods. Dr. Allan shows how the play also challenges revenge as a motive for action, and explores the role of women as wives, mothers, and victims of war, be they Greek or Trojan, victorious or defeated. These are among the central concerns that make the Andromache a moving and thought-provoking tragedy, full of suffering, suspense, and moral interest. This book contributes both to an appreciation of the Andromache in its own right, and to a wider understanding of the variety and quality of Euripides' oeuvre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198152972
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Myth4
2Structure, Stagecraft, Unity40
3Characterization86
4Rhetoric118
5The Andromache and the Spread of Attic Tragedy149
6Gender161
7Chorus196
8Gods233
Conclusion267
References273
Index of Andromache passages299
General Index305

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