Michael Vickers's Sophocles and Alcibiades: Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek PDF

By Michael Vickers

Literary historians have lengthy held the view that the performs of the Greek dramatist, Sophocles deal basically with archetypes of the heroic earlier and that any resemblance to modern occasions or participants is solely coincidental. during this ebook, Michael Vickers demanding situations this view and argues that Sophocles makes common and broad allusion to Athenian politics in his performs, specifically to Alcibiades, essentially the most debatable Athenian politicians of his day.Vickers indicates that Sophocles used to be no closeted highbrow yet a guy deeply focused on politics and he reminds us that Athenian politics was once intensely own. He argues cogently that classical writers hired hidden meanings and that consciously or sub-consciously, Sophocles was once projecting onto his performs tricks of up to date occasions or incidents, generally of a political nature, hoping that his audience's ardour for politics may improve the recognition of his performs. Vickers strengthens his case approximately Sophocles by means of discussing different authors - Thucydides, Plato and Euripides - in whom he additionally demonstrates a physique of allusions to Alcibiades and others.

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