Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics

Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics

by Mary Whitlock Blundell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521423902

ISBN-13: 9780521423908

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies." Five of the extant plays are discussed in detail from both a dramatic and an ethical standpoint, and the author concludes that ethical themes are not only integral to each

Overview

This book is the first detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle--the traditional Greek popular moral code of "helping friends and harming enemies." Five of the extant plays are discussed in detail from both a dramatic and an ethical standpoint, and the author concludes that ethical themes are not only integral to each drama, but are subjected to an implicit critique through the tragic consequences to which they give rise. Greek scholars and students of Greek drama and Greek thought will welcome this book, which is presented in such a way as to be accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike. No knowledge of Greek is required.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521423908
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Glossary of Greek words; 1. Introduction; 2. Helping friends and harming enemies; 3. Ajax; 4. Antigone; 5. Electra; 6. Philoctetes; 7. Oedipus at Colonus; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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