Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy

Anne Pippin Burnett


Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy

Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy

  • Title: Revenge in Attic and Later Tragedy
  • Author: Anne Pippin Burnett
  • ISBN: 9780520210967
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover



Modern readings of ancient Athenian drama tend to view it as a presentation of social or moral problems, as if ancient drama showed the same realism seen on the present day stage Such views are belied by the plays themselves, in which supremely violent actions occur in a legendary time and place distinct both from reality and from the ethics of ordinary life Offering freModern readings of ancient Athenian drama tend to view it as a presentation of social or moral problems, as if ancient drama showed the same realism seen on the present day stage Such views are belied by the plays themselves, in which supremely violent actions occur in a legendary time and place distinct both from reality and from the ethics of ordinary life Offering fresh readings of Attic tragedy, Anne Pippin Burnett urges readers to peel away twentieth century attitudes toward vengeance and reconsider the revenge tragedies of ancient Athens in their own context.After a consideration of how our view of Elizabethan drama has obscured an accurate view of the ancient tragedies, Burnett reviews early Greek notions of vengeance as expressed in the Odyssey, Heracles tales, Pindar s odes, Attic judicial processes, and the legend of Harmodius and Aristogeiton Then, setting aside post Platonic and Judeo Christian notions of criminality, she provides new interpretations of all the Attic tragedies in which revenge is a central theme Aeschylus Libation Bearers, Sophocles Ajax, Electra, and Tereus, and Euripides Children of Heracles, Hecuba, Medea, Electra, and Orestes.Burnett shows that for the ancients, revenge meant a redress of imbalances in both human and divine worlds, achieved through human actions The vengeful heroines thus appear in a new light Electra, Hecuba, Medea, and others cease to be the picture of depravity in dramas that are grotesque and sensational, and are instead representative human figures who respond with grandeur to the outsize demands of necessity and supernatural powers.


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