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Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun

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    Edith Hall(Author)

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This is an invaluable introduction to ancient Greek tragedy which discusses every surviving play in detail and provides all the background information necessary for understanding the context and content of the plays. Edith Hall argues that the essential feature of the genre is that it always depicts terrible human suffering and death, but in a way that invites philosophical enquiry into their causes and effects, This enquiry was played out in the bright sunlight of open-air theatre, which became a key marker of the boundary between living and dead. The first half of the book is divided into four chapters which address the social and physical contexts in which the plays were performed, the contribution of the poets, actors, funders, and audiences, the poetic composition of the texts, their performance conventions, main themes, and focus on religion, politics, and the family. The second half consists of individual essays on each of the surviving thirty-three plays by the Greek tragedians, and an account of the recent performance of Greek tragic theatre and tragic fragments. An up-to-date 'Suggestions for further reading' is included.

Easily accessible to undergraduates and "general readers", but even specialists will find many surprising new angles on the material, as well as cogent formulations of well-known themes. (Emily Wilson, Times Literary Supplement)

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  • PDF | 430 pages
  • Edith Hall(Author)
  • OUP Oxford (21 Jan. 2010)
  • English
  • 2
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Ethicos on 8 December 2014

    A scholarly book but one full of wit and humour as well as learning - the first half gives us the background to Tragedy, with the main theme being 'suffering' as stated in the title. Plenty of references to the relevance of Greek drama to present day politics, philosophy, psychology and general 21st century issues. The second half consists in single chapter on each of the 3 main dramatists with a synopsis of each of their plays. Fully reference with a Further reading list. A book for the general reader who enjoys reading the plays and for the student of Classics who wishes to explore the thinking of one of the UK's most prominent Classicists. Highly recommended.

  • By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 24 September 2012

    Edith Hall was on the Today programme this morning briskly pointing out that the Tory chief whip must indeed have said pl*b to, or in the vicinity of, a policeman (how frightfully plebeian! that's n*ff to you, guv'nor) since any policeman fabricating the incident would have gone for a term like 'ch*v' (or, in this linguist's opinion, 'pr*t'). (I see Mitchell's grandmother was a housemaid. Makes sense.) With her and Mary Beard the classics are in safe hands, and while the grab-bag that is Return of Ulysses has something for everyone, this one with its serio-jokey subtitle looks suitably Beardian. Next stop for Hall is the Black or Euxine Sea, something Tim Rood has already, delightfully, covered


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