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The Reception and Performance of Euripides' Herakles: Reasoning Madness

Kathleen Riley


This book is the first to examine the reception and performance history of Euripides' Herakles from the fifth century BC to AD 2006. Its primary interest lies in changing ideas of Heraklean madness, of its causes, its consequences, and its therapy. Writers subsequent to Euripides have tried to ‘reason’ or make sense of the madness, often in accordance with contemporary thinking on mental illness. Diagnoses of Herakles' condition have included melancholy, epilepsy, hysteria, manic depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and have been informed by a range of theories from humoral patholog ... More

Keywords: reception, performance history, Euripides, Herakles, madness, heroism, psychoanalysis, history of ideas, crisis, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199534487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Riley, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford