Plague and the Athenian Imagination by Robin Mitchell-Boyask
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Plague and the Athenian Imagination
By Robin Mitchell-Boyask

Plague and the Athenian Imagination

Drama, History, and the Cult of Asclepius

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Plague and the Athenian Imagination by Robin Mitchell-Boyask

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The great plague of Athens that began in 430 BCE had an enormous effect on the imagination of its literary artists and on the social imagination of the city as a whole. In this book, Professor Mitchell-Boyask studies the impact of the plague on Athenian tragedy early in the 420s and argues for a significant relationship between drama and the development of the cult of the healing god Asclepius in the next decade, during a period of war and increasing civic strife. The Athenian decision to locate their temple for Asclepius adjacent to the Theater of Dionysus arose from deeper associations between drama, healing and the polis that were engaged actively by the crisis of the plague. The book also considers the representation of the plague in Thucydides' History as well as the metaphors generated by that representation which recur later in the same work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521873451
ISBN-10: 0521873452
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Medea by Robin Mitchell-Boyask Medea, Hardback (March 2008)

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Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus by Robin Mitchell-Boyask Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Hardback (September 2007)

Offers economical, metrical translations that convey the range of effects of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its dialogue to the high formality of its choral odes.

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Author Biography - Robin Mitchell-Boyask

Robin Mitchell-Boyask is Associate Professor of Classics at Temple University. His publications include numerous articles on Greek and Latin literature and an edition of Euripides' Hecuba (2005).

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