The latest volume in the Classical World series, this book offers a much-needed up-to-date introduction to Greek tragedy, and covers the most important thematic topics studied at school or university level. After a brief analysis of the genre and main figures, it focuses on the broader questions of what defines tragedy, what its particular preoccupations are, and what makes these texts so widely studied and performed more than 2,000 years after they were written. As such, the book will be of interest to students taking broad courses on Greek tragedy, while also being suitable for the general reader who wants an overview of the subject.
All passages of tragedy discussed are translated by the author and supplementary information includes a chronology of all the surviving tragedies, a glossary, and guidance on further reading.
About the Author
Laura Swift is Lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University, UK. Her books include The Hidden Chorus (2010) and Euripides: Ion (Bloomsbury 2008).
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Tragedy as a Genre
Chapter Two: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides
Chapter Three: Myth
Chapter Four: Heroes
Chapter Five: The Gods
Chapter Six: Contemporary Thought
Chapter Seven: Gender and the Family
Chapter Eight: The Chorus
Glossary of Greek and Technical Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading