Helping Friends and Harming Enemies
A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics
By (author) Mary Whitlock Blundell
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Helping Friends and Harming Enemies by Mary Whitlock Blundell
Book DescriptionThis book is a detailed study of the plays of Sophocles through examination of a single ethical principle. Sophocles has traditionally been considered the least philosophical of the three great Greek tragedians, but Professor Whitlock Blundell offers an important new examination of the ethical content of the plays by focusing primarily on the traditional Greek popular moral code of 'helping friends and harming enemies'. Five of the extant plays are discussed in detail both from 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 tragical 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 non-specialists alike. No knowledge of Greek is required.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521423908
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Auricula Meretricula, Paperback (January 1993)» View all books by Mary Whitlock Blundell
This play is a unique text for students in their first semester of Latin. Each scene uses new forms and vocabulary reinforcing the students' grasp of grammar. At the same time it provides an introduction to Roman comedy and elegy.
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