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Why Athens?: A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics

D. M. Carter


The political function of Greek tragedy is of ever increasing interest to scholarship, but there is widespread disagreement over what this function was. Particularly contentious is the relationship between tragedy and Athenian democracy. For some, the very genre is democratic and the politics of the plays speak principally to citizens of a democracy. Others (including the editor of this book) have pointed out that the default political context of tragic drama is heroic monarchy; some plays have a democratic context but these emerge as striking exceptions to the rule; Greek tragedy is political ... More

Keywords: Athens, democracy, polis, politics, tragedy

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562329
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. M. Carter, editor
Lecturer in Greek, University of Reading
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