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Tragedy and Athenian Religion by Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood


Tragedy and Athenian Religion by Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

Stemming from Harvard University's Carl Newell Jackson Lectures, Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood's Tragedy and Athenian Religion sets out a radical reexamination of the relationship between Greek tragedy and religion. Based on a reconstruction of the context in which tragedy was generated as a ritual performance during the festival of the City Dionysia, Sourvinou-Inwood shows that religious exploration had been crucial in the emergence of what developed into fifth-century Greek tragedy.


Everyone with even a peripheral interest in tragedy, or indeed in fifth-century Athenian history, should read this work and engage in the debate it will no doubt provoke...This is a valuable study which should change the ways we think about tragedy. The Classical Bulletin This is even for the non-specialist, and one that will doubtless have important implications for those wishing to understand the complexities of Greek tragedy in context. Political Studies Review With this bold book...Sourvinou-Inwood has produced another original eurodite, and provocative exploration of classical Greek religious mentality...intelligent and impassioned argument...belongs: on the bookshelves of all research libraries and of all Hellenists interested in classical Athenian literature and religion. Resenas Bibliograficas This is a passionate book bearing an urgent message The Classical Outlook

About the Author

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in Classics. She has been a Junior Research Fellow at St.Hugh's College, Oxford, a University Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, a Senior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and a Reader in Classics at the University of Reading. She is the author of several volumes on the classics, including 'Reading' Greek Culture: Texts and Images, Rituals and Myths(1991) and 'Reading' Greek Death (1996).

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Publication date

22nd February 2003


Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

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Lexington Books


576 pages


Literary studies: plays & playwrights
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