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Description - Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy by Anne Pippin Burnett

Modern readings of ancient Athenian drama tend to view it as a presentation of social or moral problems, as if ancient drama showed the same realism seen on the present-day stage. Such views are belied by the plays themselves, in which supremely violent actions occur in a legendary time and place distinct both from reality and from the ethics of ordinary life. Offering readings of Attic tragedy, Anne Pippin Burnett urges readers to peel away 20th-century attitudes toward vengeance and reconsider the revenge tragedies of ancient Athens in their own context. After a consideration of how our view of Elizabethan drama has obscured an accurate view of the ancient tragedies, this text reviews early Greek notions of vengeance as expressed in the "Odyssey", Heracles' tales, Pindar's odes, Attic judicial processes, and the legend of Harmodius and Aristogeiton.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520210967
ISBN-10: 0520210964
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anne Pippin Burnett

Anne Pippin Burnett is Professor of Classics, Emerita, University of Chicago. Her previous books include Catastrophe Survived: Euripides' Plays of Mixed Reversal, Three Archaic Poets: Archilochus, Alcaeus, Sappho, and The Art of Bacchylides.

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