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Title: Achilles in Greek Tragedy
Author: Michelakis, Pantelis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521818438
Volumes: 1; Pages: 232
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In contrast to earlier scholarly work on Achilles of the Homeric epics, this study examines how one of the most popular figures of Greek mythology was portrayed on the tragic stage of fifth-century Athens. Pantelis Michelakis asserts that dramatists persistently appropriated Achilles to address concerns ranging from heroism and education to individualism and gender. The book considers the complete corpus of extant Greek tragedy, with particular attention paid to Aeschylus' Myrmidons and Euripides' Hecuba and Iphigenia at Aulis. Examines one of the most important characters of Greek mythology in a previously neglected but significant literary context. Offers new insights into the presentation of heroism and its absence in Greek tragedy Deals with important themes in Greek tragedy, such as education, individualism and genderContents1. Introduction: Achilles in the fifth century2. The problematic hero: Aeschylus' Myrmidons3. The dead hero: Euripides' Hecuba4. The hero to be: Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis5. Mapping the heroic absence: Achilles in other plays6. Afterword.