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The Reception and Performance of Euripides' HeraklesReasoning Madness$
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Kathleen Riley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534487.001.0001

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Introduction. Reasoning madness and redefining the hero

Introduction. Reasoning madness and redefining the hero

(p.1) Introduction. Reasoning madness and redefining the hero
The Reception and Performance of Euripides' Herakles

Kathleen Riley

Oxford University Press

The Introduction begins with an acknowledgement of the play's relative obscurity and disturbing subject matter, and then offers an explanation for its perceived ‘untouchability’. The book's two main lines of enquiry are set out: first, how writers subsequent to Euripides have tried to ‘reason’ or make sense of Herakles' madness, and, secondly, how these attempts have necessarily entailed redefining Herakles' heroism. Each of the major receptions is then summarized in relation to these focal investigative points. The Introduction also considers the book's place within classical reception studies and relates the present study to current reception theory and methodology.

Keywords:   Euripides, Herakles, reason, redefining, madness, heroism, reception, methodology

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