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When Heroes Sing
Sophocles and the Shifting Soundscape of Tragedy

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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001619

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  • This book examines the lyrical voice of Sophocles' heroes and argues that their identities are grounded in poetic identity and power. It begins by looking at how voice can be distinguished in Greek tragedy and by exploring ways that the language of tragedy was influenced by other kinds of poetry in late fifth-century Athens. In subsequent chapters, Professor Nooter undertakes close readings of Sophocles' plays to show how the voice of each hero is inflected by song and other markers of lyric poetry. She then argues that the heroes' lyrical voices set them apart from their communities and lend them the authority and abilities of poets. Close analysis of the Greek texts is supplemented by translations and discussions of poetic features more generally, such as apostrophe and address. This study offers new insight into the ways that Sophoclean tragedy inherits and refracts the traditions of other poetic genres.

    • Proposes a new view of language in Sophocles
    • Includes discussions of poetry and culture in general in fifth-century Athens
    • Written in simple prose and all Greek text is supplemented with English translations
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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001619
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: poetry, tragedy, and Sophocles
    Part I. Poetic Authority:
    1. Poetic progress in Ajax
    2. Waxing heroic in Trachiniae and Oedipus Tyrannus
    Part II. Poetic Power:
    3. Addressing lament in Electra
    4. Philoctetes' apostrophes
    5. The end and afterlife of poeticity: Oedipus at Colonus.

  • Author

    Sarah Nooter, University of Chicago
    Sarah Nooter is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.

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