By (author) Sophie Mills
Euripides by Sophie Mills
Book DescriptionAccessible introductions to ancient tragedies discuss the main themes of a play and the central developments in modern criticism, while also addressing the play's historical context and the history of its performance and adaptation. References to Dionysus in popular culture focus on the god as the incarnation of wild and decadent behaviour, by which humans are intrigued and appalled. The god as he is portrayed in "Euripides' Bacchae" is, however, more complex, paradoxically transcending straightforward notions of the Dionysiac. "Euripides' Dionysus" blurs the dividing line between many of the fundamental categories of ancient Greek life - male and female, Greek and barbarian, divine and human. This book explores his place in Athenian religion, what Euripides makes of him in the play, and the views of later writers and scholars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780715634301
(216mm x 135mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This text describes Athenian attempts to cope with the contradictions in the character of Theseus who seemed the perfect Athenian, but under this exterior lay a heartless seducer, rapist and killer of his own son. Theseus in the context of 5th century Athenian culture is also discussed.
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Author Biography - Sophie Mills
Sophie Mills is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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