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Tragedy and the Idea of Modernity

Joshua Billings and Miriam Leonard


From around 1800, particularly in Germany, Greek tragedy has been privileged in popular and scholarly discourse for its relation to apparently timeless metaphysical, existential, ethical, aesthetic, and psychological questions. The tradition of philosophical appropriations of Greek tragedy encompasses many of the most important thinkers of the past two centuries, including Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger. These theories have arguably had a more profound influence on modern understanding of the genre than works of classical scholarship or theatrical performances. Tragedy and ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, German idealism, the tragic, aesthetics, philosophy of art, psychoanalysis, classical scholarship, classical reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Billings, editor
Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities, Yale University

Miriam Leonard, editor
Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception, University College London

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