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Guilt by Descent: Moral Inheritance and Decision Making in Greek Tragedy

N. J. Sewell-Rutter


Blighted and accursed families are an inescapable feature of Greek tragedy, and many scholars have treated the questions of inherited guilt, curses, and divine causation. This book gives these familiar issues a fresh appraisal, arguing that tragedy is a medium that fuses the conceptual with the provoking and exciting of emotion, neither of which can be ignored if the texts are to be fully understood. It pays particular attention to Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes and the Phoenician Women of Euripides, both of which dramatize the sorrows of the later generations of the House of Oedipus, but in ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, inherited guilt, curses, divine causation, tragedy, Aeschylus, House of Oedipus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227334
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. J. Sewell-Rutter, author
Previously Lecturer in Greek, Corpus Christi College, Oxford