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- DescriptionIn this provocative book, Pietro Pucci explores what he sees as Euripides's revolutionary literary art. While scholars have long pointed to subversive elements in Euripides's plays, Pucci goes a step further in identifying a Euripidean program of enlightened thought enacted through carefully wrought textual strategies. The driving force behind this program is Euripides's desire to subvert the traditional anthropomorphic view of the Greek gods-a belief system that in his view strips human beings of their independence and ability to act wisely and justly. Instead of fatuous religious beliefs, Athenians need the wisdom and the strength to navigate the challenges and difficulties of life. Throughout his lifetime, Euripides found himself the target of intense criticism and ridicule. He was accused of promoting new ideas that were considered destructive. Like his contemporary, Socrates, he was considered a corrupting influence. No wonder, then, that Euripides had to carry out his revolution under cover. Pucci lays out the various ways the playwright skillfully inserted his philosophical principles into the text through invative strategies of plot development, language and composition, and production techniques that subverted the traditionally staged anthropomorphic gods.
- Author BiographyPietro Pucci is Goldwin Smith Professor of Classics Emeritus at Cornell University. He is the author of several books, including Odysseus Polutropos: Intertexual Readings in the Odyssey and the Iliad, The Violence of Pity in Euripides' Medea, and Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father: Oedipus Tyrannus in Modern Criticism and Philosophy.
- Author(s)Pietro Pucci
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication18/02/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCornell Studies in Classical Philology
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight514 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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