The Politics of Greek Tragedy
D.M. Carter is Lecturer in Greek at the University of Reading.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Some views, their implications 3. The political shape of tragedy 4. Four political tragedies 5. The political reception of Greek tragedy Notes Appendix A: Chronology Appendix B: Authors and surviving works Appendix C: Some heroic genealogy Appendix D: Glossary of Greek terms Further Reading Index
Carter succeeds admirably. He makes a topic that is difficult and potentially confusing for the non-specialist, comprehensible and highly readable. The book combines some very basic introductory material with some fairly sophisticated arguments about Greek tragedy. While its primary audience is students, there is something here for specialists as well. Carter’s book is admirable for the clear was it introduces this topic to the general reader [...] as an introductory survey book for the general reader, it is an unqualified success.
Leona MacLeod Scholia Reviews, no. 19 (24)
A well-written contribution to the discussion on the nature of this much-studied genre, directed at students and the general reader as well as specialists. The first part addresses primarily the student while the main chapters engage in scholarly audience as well. 'The Politics of Greek Tragedy' takes an important step forward in the debate on the nature of Greek tragedy. What is really good is Carter’s suggestion that we are dealing with a theatre of the establishment, that it is not particular democratic and that “behind the dramatic events there are strong political values.
Synnove Des Bouvrie Bryn Mawr Classical Review
It is a real strength of the book that he illustrates by discussion of particular approaches, including his own, work in action. He puts theory into practice. This will prove very helpful to sixth formers and undergraduates alike. Overall the standard of accuracy is high, and the range of reading evinced is impressive. The book is highly recommended to schools and universities alike.
James Morwood The Journal of Classics Teaching, No. 14 Summer
Size: 216 x 138 mm
Publication: November 15, 2007
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live