Derecho y Teatro en la Grecia antigua

Douglas L. Cairns (dir.)

Tragedy and Archaic Greek Thought

Classical Press of Wales, Swansea, 2013. 320 p.

ISBN: 9781905125579

Eight leading contemporary interpreters of Classical Greek tragedy here explore its relation to the thought of the Archaic Period. Prominent topics are the nature and possibility of divine justice; the influence of the gods on humans; fate and human responsibility; the instability of fortune and the principle of alternation; hybris and ate; and the inheritance of guilt and suffering. Other themes are tragedy’s relation with Pre-Socratic philosophy, and the interplay between ‘Archaic’ features of the genre and fifth-century ethical and political thought. The book makes a powerful case for the importance of Archaic thought not only in the evolution of the tragic genre, but also for developed features of the Classical tragedians’ art. Along with three papers on Aeschylus, four on Sophocles, and one on Euripides, there is an extensive introduction by the editor.

Table des matières

Preface Introduction: Archaic Thought and Tragic Interpretation – Douglas Cairns

1 Atē in Aeschylus – Alan H. Sommerstein

2 Aeschylus, Herakleitos, and Pythagoreanism – Richard Seaford

3 Eteocles’ Decision in Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes – Fritz-Gregor Herrmann

4 Creon the Labdacid: Political Confrontation and the Doomed Oikos in Sophocles’ Antigone – Vayos Liapis

5 Divine and Human Action in the Oedipus Tyrannus – Douglas Cairns

6 ‘Archaic’ Guilt in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus and Oedipus at Colonus – William Allan

7 Sophocles and the Wisdom of Silenus: A Reading of Oedipus at Colonus 1211–48 – P. E. Easterling

8 The Mutability of Fortune in Euripides – Michael Lloyd

Douglas Cairns is Professor of Classics in the University of Edinburgh.


Douglas Cairns ha sido editor, junto a Ronald A. Knox, de Law, Rhetoric, and Comedy in Classical Athens: Essays in honour of D. M. MacDowell, Classical Press of Wales, Swansea, 2004, pp. 978-0-9543845-5-5), que reunió las Actas de la Conference Athenian Law and Life’ celebrada en la Universidad de Glasgow el año 2001, con interesantes trabajos sobre Athenian law, Attic oratory y Greek comedy como los que figuran en su índice de materias


D.L. Cairns and R.A. Knox .M. MacDowell: List of Publications


1. Aspects of oral law in archaic Greece – Ilias Arnaoutoglou

2. Writing Athenian law – Michael Gagarin

3. Law of procedure in Attic inscriptions – Gerhard Thür

4. Contracts in Athens – David C. Mirhady


5. Textual arguments for the date of the In Alcibiadem in the Corpus of Andokides – Luisa Prandi

6. Antiphon the revolutionary – Michael J. Edwards

7. Revisiting the herms and the mysteries – S.C. Todd

8. Andocides’ defence and MacDowell’s solution – Edwin Carawan

9. Lysias for pleasure? – Stephen Usher

10. Antiphon’s daughter – Christopher Carey

11. Isokrates for hire: Some preliminaries to a commentary on Isokrates 16-21 – David Whitehead

12. Stirring up dicastic anger – Lene Rubinstein


13. Comedy and the unspeakable – Alan H. Sommerstein

14. Aristophanes and the Athenian assembly – P.J. Rhodes

15. The limits of allegory and allusion in Aristophanes – Sir Kenneth Dover

16. From sacrifice to feast: a ritual pattern in Aristophanic comedy – Pavlos Sfyroeras

17. Menander’s Epitrepontes in the light of the new papyri – W.G. Arnott



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