Oliver Taplin

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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Tragedy has inspired such feverish activity over the past half-century, both in scholarship and in the theatre, that it is hard to sketch the main lines of past explorations, let alone indicate how they may develop and ramify in the future. This article attempts to do just that. It presents an overview of approaches to tragedy in the recent past, and some divinations about areas of study that may reward interest in the future. Presently, in Greek tragic studies, the solidity of material culture provides a counterbalance to relentless object-lessons in the instability of knowledge. As such, a new emphasis on the changing functions and manifestations of theatre is turning the continual changes in cultural emphasis over time into a positive heuristic resource.

Keywords: lyric poetry; Greek literature; Greek tragedy; theatre

Article.  4912 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Drama ; Classical Reception

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