By Rebecca Bushnell
A spouse to Tragedy is a vital source for somebody drawn to exploring the function of tragedy in Western heritage and tradition.
- Tells the tale of the old improvement of tragedy from classical Greece to modernity
- Features 28 essays via popular students from a number of disciplines, together with classics, English, drama, anthropology and philosophy
- Broad in its scope and ambition, it considers interpretations of tragedy via faith, philosophy and heritage
- Offers a clean review of historical Greek tragedy and demonstrates how the perform of examining tragedy has replaced extensively long ago decades
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Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 20–62. Zeitlin, F. I. (1965). ’’ Transactions of the American Philological Association 96, 463–508. 2 Tragedy and Dionysus Richard Seaford In Athens of the classical period tragedy (as well as comedy and satyric drama) was performed at the theater of the god Dionysus, in his cult. A strong association of Greek drama with Dionysus persisted throughout antiquity, and it is virtually certain that drama also originated in Dionysiac cult. Myths were told about Dionysus, notably about his arrival in a new place where he was resisted by the local ruler, for example by Pentheus of Thebes.
The Genesis of Tragedy in Dionysiac Cult Our most reliable source by far for the genesis of tragedy is the fourth chapter of Aristotle’s Poetics. Though his testimony has been doubted, he could draw on research (now lost) into the early theater, and does indeed state (1449b37) that the process by which tragedy came into being is known. He makes three remarks of particular interest, that tragedy had an improvisatory beginning, that it came into being ‘‘from the leaders of the dithyramb,’’ and that it developed ek tou satyrikou – that is, from something like the satyric drama.
J. (1990). , ed. J. J. Winkler and F. Zeitlin. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 20–62. Zeitlin, F. I. (1965). ’’ Transactions of the American Philological Association 96, 463–508. 2 Tragedy and Dionysus Richard Seaford In Athens of the classical period tragedy (as well as comedy and satyric drama) was performed at the theater of the god Dionysus, in his cult. A strong association of Greek drama with Dionysus persisted throughout antiquity, and it is virtually certain that drama also originated in Dionysiac cult.