The Fragility of Goodness

The Fragility of Goodness

See also the admirable discussion of related issues in P. M. Smith , On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus ' Agamemnon , American Classical Studies 5 ( Ann Arbor 1980 ) . 32. Compare Hammond , op . cit . 47 , 55. This is the interaction of ...

Author: Martha C. Nussbaum

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521794722

Category: Philosophy

Page: 596

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This book is a study of ancient views about "moral luck." It examines the fundamental ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside a person's control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of persons and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to these questions, yet neither the problems nor the Greek views of them have received the attention they deserve. This updated edition contains a new preface.
Categories: Philosophy

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

A Commentary for Students Aeschylus, David Raeburn, Oliver Thomas Denys Lionel Page ... Smith, P. M. (1980), On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon (Chico: Scholars Press). Sommerstein, A. H. (1989), Aeschylus: Eumenides ...

Author: Aeschylus

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199595600

Category: History

Page: 364

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This commentary on Aeschylus' Agamemnon offers the reader a thorough introduction, extensive notes, and separate sections which explore Aeschylus' use of theatrical resources, an analysis of his distinctive poetic style and use of imagery, and an outline of the transmission of the play from 458 BC to the first printed editions.
Categories: History

Aeschylus Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Aeschylus  Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon. Chico, CA: Scholars Press. Discusses the Hymn to Zeus within the specific context of the parodos of Agamemnon. ▻Vidal-Naquet, Pierre. 1981. Hunting and sacrifice in Aeschylus' Oresteia.

Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199802734

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 38

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of the ancient world find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In classics, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is just one of many articles from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics, a continuously updated and growing online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through the scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of classics. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit
Categories: Literary Criticism

Musical Design in Aeschylean Theater

Musical Design in Aeschylean Theater

37. Ontheplacement of this pairofstrophesand the development ofthe chorus's thoughtseeR.D.Dawe, “The Placeofthe Hymn toZeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon,”Eranos 64 (1966) 1–21, answered byL. Bergson, “The Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon ...

Author: William C. Scott

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

ISBN: 9781611681819

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

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Essential for those who want to see ancient plays producedÑeither physically in the theater or imaginatively in their own minds.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Flower of Suffering

The Flower of Suffering

Schenker, David J. (1994), “The Chorus' Hymn to Zeus: Aeschylus, Agamemnon 160–83”, in: Syllecta Classica 5, 641–657. Schmidt, Dennis (2001), On Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and the Ethical Life, Bloomington.

Author: Nuria Scapin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110685633

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Greek tragedy occupies a prominent place in the development of early Greek thought. However, even within the partial renaissance of debates about tragedy’s roots in the popular thought of archaic Greece, its potential connection to the early philosophical tradition remains, with few exceptions, at the periphery of current interest. This book aims to show that our understanding of Aeschylus’ Oresteia is enhanced by seeing that the trilogy’s treatment of Zeus and Justice (Dikê) shares certain concepts, assumptions, categories of thought, and forms of expression with the surviving fragments and doxography of certain Presocratic thinkers (especially Anaximander, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, and Parmenides). By examining several aspects of the tragic trilogy in relation to Presocratic debates about theology and cosmic justice, it shows how such scrutiny may affect our understanding of the theological ‘tension’ and metaphysical assumptions underpinning the Oresteia’s dramatic narrative. Ultimately, it argues that Aeschylus bestows on the experience of human suffering, as it is given in the contradictory multiplicity of the world, the status of a profound form of knowledge: a meeting point between the human and divine spheres.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Greek Tragedy

Greek Tragedy

Seth Schein, 'The Cassandra scene in Aeschylus' Agamemnon', Greece and Rome 29 (1982), 11–16. R. Seaford, 'The last bath of Agamemnon', Classical Quarterly 34 (1984), 247–54. Peter M. Smith, On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon ...

Author: Edith Hall

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191572616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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This is an invaluable introduction to ancient Greek tragedy which discusses every surviving play in detail and provides all the background information necessary for understanding the context and content of the plays. Edith Hall argues that the essential feature of the genre is that it always depicts terrible human suffering and death, but in a way that invites philosophical enquiry into their causes and effects, This enquiry was played out in the bright sunlight of open-air theatre, which became a key marker of the boundary between living and dead. The first half of the book is divided into four chapters which address the social and physical contexts in which the plays were performed, the contribution of the poets, actors, funders, and audiences, the poetic composition of the texts, their performance conventions, main themes, and focus on religion, politics, and the family. The second half consists of individual essays on each of the surviving thirty-three plays by the Greek tragedians, and an account of the recent performance of Greek tragic theatre and tragic fragments. An up-to-date 'Suggestions for further reading' is included.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus

Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus

Sidwell, K. (1996) 'Purification and pollution in Aeschylus' Eumenides,' CQ 46: 44–57. Sissa, G. (1990) Greek Virginity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Smith, P.M. (1980) On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon.

Author: Richard Rader

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317633877

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus revivifies the complex question of fate and freedom in the tragedies of the famous Greek playwright. Starting with Sartre’s insights about radical existential freedom, this book shows that Aeschylus is concerned with the ethical ramifications of surrendering our lives to fatalism (gods, curses, inherited guilt) and thoroughly interrogates the plays for their complex insights into theology and human motivation. But can we reconcile the radical freedom of existentialism and the seemingly fatal world of tragedy, where gods and curses and necessities wreak havoc on individual autonomy? If forces beyond our control or comprehension are influencing our lives, what happens to choice? How are we to conceive of ethics in a world studiously indifferent to our choices? In this book, author Ric Rader demonstrates that few understood the importance of these questions better than the tragedians, whose literature dealt with a central theological concern: What is a god? And how does god affect, impinge upon, or even enable human freedom? Perhaps more importantly: If god is dead, is everything possible, or nothing? Tragedy holds the preeminent position with regard to these questions, and Aeschylus, our earliest surviving tragedian, is the best witness to these complex theological issues.
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The Facts on File Companion to Classical Drama

The Facts on File Companion to Classical Drama

Morrell, K. S. “The Fabric of Persuasion: Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and the Sea of Garments,” Classical Journal 92, no. 2 (1996–97): 141–65. Smith, P. M. On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon.

Author: John E. Thorburn

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816074983

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 689

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Surveys important Greek and Roman authors, plays, characters, genres, historical figures and more.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Harvard Studies in Classical Philology

Harvard Studies in Classical Philology

The hymn , plus their repeated refrain of Tò S'eû vikáτw in the first three stanzas of the parodos and their appeal ... to the sacrifice of Iphigeneia see now P. M. Smith , On the Hymn to Zeus in Aeschylus ' Agamemnon ( Chico , Calif .

Author: D. R. Shackleton Bailey

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674379349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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This volume of fifteen essays includes "The Early Greek Poets: Some Interpretations," by Robert Renehan; "The 'Sobriety' of Oedipus: Sophocles OC 100 Misunderstood," by Albert Henrichs; "Virgil's Ecphrastic Centerpieces," by Richard F. Thomas; "Notes on Quintilian," by D. R. Shackleton Bailey; and "Scapegoat Rituals in Ancient Greece," by Jan Bremmer.
Categories: Literary Criticism