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Euripidean Polemic: The Trojan Women and the Function of Tragedy

Euripidean Polemic: The Trojan Women and the Function of Tragedy

by Neil T. Croally


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521464901
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/20/1994
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Teaching, ideology and war; 2. Polarities; 3. The agōn; 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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