Euripidean Polemic: The Trojan Women and the Function of Tragedy

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The book offers an interpretation of Euripides' The Trojan Women that issues from the argument that the function of Greek tragedy was to educate. The author demonstrates that the play performs its function by examining Athenian ideology. By making the didactic function of tragedy the basis of his interpretation, N.T. Croally is able to offer a coherent view on a number of long-standing problems in Euripidean criticism, such as the relation of Euripides to the Sophists.

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"...a learned and far-ranging book....[a] wealth of useful material....[a] truly impressive range of issues..." Classical Views

"An extensive bibliography, general index, and index of passages cited complete this careful and thoughtful study. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries." Religious Studies Review

"It shows on every page the influence of the work of scholars like Loraux, Vernant and Zeitlin, but unlike many studies that share this pedigree, it is lucidly written and free of irritating jargon. Indeed, it can be safely recommended to those classicists who are somehow uneasily aware that naive positivism has died, but who are too embarassed to ask what has taken its place." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521464901
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/1995
  • Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Teaching, ideology and war; 2. Polarities; 3. The ag┼Źn; 4. Space and time; 5. As if war had given a lecture; Appendix: ideology and war; Bibliography; General index; Index of passages cited.

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