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Children in Greek Tragedy: Pathos and Potential

Emma M. Griffiths


Astyanax is thrown off the walls of Troy, Medeia kills her children to take revenge on her husband, and Aias reflects sadly on his son’s inheritance, yet he kills himself and leaves Eurysakes vulnerable to his enemies. The pathos created by threats to children is a notable feature of Greek tragedy, but does not explain the range of situations where the playwrights chose to employ them. Although they are largely silent, passive figures, children exert a dramatic force that goes beyond their limited onstage presence. This book proposes a new paradigm to understand the roles of children in traged ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, children, ancient childhood, drama, emotion, theatre, Greek drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma M. Griffiths, author
Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester

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