Greek Tragedy and the Historian (Hardback)
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Short Description for Greek Tragedy and the Historian Tragedy was central to the experience of being an Athenian citizen and is a rich source for illuminating fifth-century society and thought. This collection of 11 essays investigates the methods and pitfalls of using tragedy to illuminate history.
- Published: 29 May 1997
- Format: Hardback 280 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198149873 ISBN 10: 0198149875
Full description for Greek Tragedy and the Historian
The tragic theme was no mere diversion for a fifth-century Athenian: it was a focal part of the experience of being a citizen. Tragedy explores fundamental issues of religion, of ethics, of civic ideology, and we should expect it to be a central source for the reconstruction and analysis of the Athenian thought-world. Yet is is also a peculiarly delicate source to use, and the combination of tragic with other material often poses particular problems to the historian. This collection of eleven papers investigates the methods and pitfalls of using tragedy to illuminate fifth-century thought, culture, and society. In the concluding essay Christopher Pelling summarizes two important themes of the book: the problems of using tragedy as evidence; and the light tragedy can shed on civic ideology.