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Euripides and the Gods

Mary Lefkowitz


Although modern readers continue to believe that in his dramas Euripides was questioning the nature and sometimes even the existence of the gods, and that through his dramas he sought to reveal the flaws in the traditional religious beliefs of his own time, this book argues that instead of seeking to undermine ancient religion, Euripides is describing with a brutal realism what the gods are like, and reminding his mortal audience of the limitations of human understanding. The question of Euripides’ attitude towards the gods is not merely of antiquarian interest. It affects the interpretation o ... More

Keywords: Euripides, Greek gods, Sophists, Greek religion, Greek drama, Euripides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199752058
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Lefkowitz, author
Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Wellesley College