Sophocles' Tragic World: Divinity, Nature, Society (Hardback)
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Short Description for Sophocles' Tragic World This work focuses not on the heroic figures of Sophocles's dramas, but on the world that inspired and motivated their actions. The author studies five of Sophocles's seven extant plays: "Ajax", "Oedipus Tyrranus", "Philoctetes", "Antigone" and "Trachinian Women".
- Published: 01 March 1996
- Format: Hardback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780674821002 ISBN 10: 0674821009
Full description for Sophocles' Tragic World
Much has been written about the heroic figures of Sophocles' powerful dramas. Now Charles Segal focuses our attention not on individual heroes and heroines, but on the world that inspired and motivated their actions - a universe of family, city, nature, and the supernatural. He shows how these ancient masterpieces offer insight into the abiding question of tragedy: how one can make sense of a world that involves so much apparently meaningless violence and suffering. In a series of engagingly written interconnected essays, Segal studies five of Sophocles' seven extant plays: Ajax, Oedipus Tyrannus, Philoctetes, Antigone, and the often neglected Trachinian Women. He examines the language and structure of the plays from several interpretive perspectives, drawing both on traditional philological analysis and on current literary and cultural theory.