Euripides and Aristotle: Friends in Mourning

Olga Taxidou

in Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748619870
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651719 | DOI:
Euripides and Aristotle: Friends in Mourning

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This chapter focuses on Euripides, considered to be the most ‘modern’ tragedian, and also tries to determine whether the supposed modernity of Euripides can be viewed through the categories of character and psychology, which are usually arguments for his ‘contemporaneity’. It suggests that the category of character is meticulously scrutinised and challenged in Euripides' works, and also discusses what could happen if Aristotle preferred Euripides instead of Sophocles in terms of tragic poetics.

Keywords: Euripides; modern tragedian; contemporaneity; category of character; Aristotle; Sophocles; tragic poetics

Chapter.  12208 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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