The Tangled Ways of Zeus

The Tangled Ways of Zeus

Zeus has put Agamemnon into an impossible dilemma. Why has he done so? Is there a way out? I am raising these questions; I am not necessarily going to answer them, because I don't know whether you'll think that Aeschylus answers them, ...

Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191614224

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Tangled Ways of Zeus is a collection of studies written over the last twenty years by the distinguished classicist Alan Sommerstein about various aspects of ancient Greek tragedy (and, in some cases, other related genres). It complements his recent collection of studies in Greek comedy, Talking about Laughter (OUP, 2009). Some of the essays have not been published previously, others have appeared in books or journals hard to find outside major academic libraries. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatists (especially Aeschylus and Sophocles), the genre, and its interactions with the society, culture, and religion of classical Athens.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Beyond Death in the Oresteia

Beyond Death in the Oresteia

2010d. “The Tangled Ways of Zeus,” in Sommerstein 2010e: 164–70. Sommerstein, A. H. (ed.). 2010e. The Tangled Ways of Zeus and Other Studies in and Around Greek Tragedy. Oxford. Sommerstein, A. H., and Torrance, I. C. (eds.). 2014.

Author: Amit Shilo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108832748

Category: History

Page: 261

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Argues that diverse representations of the afterlife in the Oresteia require reevaluation of its fundamental ethical and political dilemmas.
Categories: History

Reconstructing Satyr Drama

Reconstructing Satyr Drama

The Tangled Ways of Zeus, and other Studies in and around Greek Tragedy (Oxford). Sommerstein, A.H. 2010b. 'The titles of Greek dramas', in: A.H. Sommerstein (ed.) The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies in and around Greek Tragedy ...

Author: Andreas Antonopoulos

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110725247

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 928

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The origins of satyr drama, and particularly the reliability of the account in Aristotle, remains contested, and several of this volume’s contributions try to make sense of the early relationship of satyr drama to dithyramb and attempt to place satyr drama in the pre-Classical performance space and traditions. What is not contested is the relationship of satyr drama to tragedy as a required cap to the Attic trilogy. Here, however, how Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (to whom one complete play and the preponderance of the surviving fragments belong) envisioned the relationship of satyr drama to tragedy in plot, structure, setting, stage action and language is a complex subject tackled by several contributors. The playful satyr chorus and the drunken senility of Silenos have always suggested some links to comedy and later to Atellan farce and phlyax. Those links are best examined through language, passages in later Greek and Roman writers, and in art. The purpose of this volume is probe as many themes and connections of satyr drama with other literary genres, as well as other art forms, putting satyr drama on stage from the sixth century BC through the second century AD. The editors and contributors suggest solutions to some of the controversies, but the volume shows as much that the field of study is vibrant and deserves fuller attention.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Achilles beside Gilgamesh

Achilles beside Gilgamesh

(2010b), 'The tangled ways of Zeus', in The Tangled Ways of Zeus and Other Studies in and around Greek Tragedy (Oxford), 164–70. (2013), 'Atē in Aeschylus', in D. L. Cairns (ed.), Tragedy and Archaic Greek Thought (Swansea), 1–15.

Author: Michael Clarke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108481786

Category: History

Page: 413

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Interprets the poetic meaning of the Iliad in relation to the heroic literature of the Ancient Near East.
Categories: History

New Medievalisms

New Medievalisms

Madrid: Alianza Editorial. Sommerstein, A.H. 2010. The Tangled Ways of Zeus and Other Studies in and around Greek Tragedy. Oxford: OUP. Sommerstein, A.H. 2010. The Tangled Ways of Zeus and Other Studies in and around Greek Tragedy.

Author: Javier Martín-Párraga

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443888578

Category: History

Page: 340

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The current renewed interest in Medieval culture, literature and society is evident in recent fictional works such as Game of Thrones or the cinematographic adaptions of Tolkien’s pseudo-medieval universe. From a more academic viewpoint, there are a number of excellent journals and book series devoted to scholarly analysis of English Medieval language and literature. While “traditional” Medieval scholars use several valid vehicles for communication, those researchers who favour more innovative or eclectic approaches are not often given the same opportunities. New Medievalisms is unique in that it offers such scholars a platform to showcase their academic prestige and the quality and originality of their investigations. This multidisciplinary collection of essays includes six chapters and nineteen articles in which twenty-one renowned scholars analyse a wide range of issues related to Medieval England, from the Beowulf saga to echoes of Medieval literature in contemporary fiction, translation or didactics. As a result, the book is both kaleidoscopic and daring, as well as rigorous and accurate.
Categories: History

The Reception of Aeschylus Plays through Shifting Models and Frontiers

The Reception of Aeschylus    Plays through Shifting Models and Frontiers

Seminari Romani 5 (2002): 1–16; also In The Tangled Ways of Zeus, (ed.) Alan H. Sommerstein, 11–29. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Sourvinou-Inwood, Christiane. Tragedy and Athenian Religion. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003.

Author: Stratos Constantinidis

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004332164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 425

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In The Reception of Aeschylus' Plays 15 scholars explore new methods and frontiers for studying and staging Aeschylus’ plays by showing the tensions between traditional scholarship and innovative analysis in reception studies and performance studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fragmentation in Ancient Greek Drama

Fragmentation in Ancient Greek Drama

Griechisch-römische Komödie und Tragödie, Stuttgart, 111–134 (reprinted with addenda in: A.H. Sommerstein, The Tangled Ways of Zeus, Oxford, 2010, 89–117). Sommerstein, A.H. (2010), “Sherlockismus and the study of fragmentary tragedies” ...

Author: Anna A. Lamari

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110621693

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 734

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This volume examines whether dramatic fragments should be approached as parts of a greater whole or as self-contained entities. It comprises contributions by a broad spectrum of international scholars: by young researchers working on fragmentary drama as well as by well-known experts in this field. The volume explores another kind of fragmentation that seems already to have been embraced by the ancient dramatists: quotations extracted from their context and immersed in a new whole, in which they work both as cohesive unities and detachable entities. Sections of poetic works circulated in antiquity not only as parts of a whole, but also independently, i.e. as component fractions, rather like quotations on facebook today. Fragmentation can thus be seen operating on the level of dissociation, but also on the level of cohesion. The volume investigates interpretive possibilities, quotation contexts, production and reception stages of fragmentary texts, looking into the ways dramatic fragments can either increase the depth of fragmentation or strengthen the intensity of cohesion.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Looking at Antigone

Looking at Antigone

Sommerstein, A.H., The Tangled Ways of Zeus, Oxford, 2010 [first published 1993]. Sourvinou-Inwood, C., 'Assumptions and the Creation of Meaning: Reading Sophocles' Antigone', Journal of Hellenic Studies 109,134–148, 1989.

Author: David Stuttard

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350017139

Category: Drama

Page: 264

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Antigone is one of the most influential and thought-provoking of all Greek tragedies. Set in a newly victorious society, where possibilities seem boundless and mankind can overcome all boundaries except death, the action is focussed through the prism of Creon, a remarkable anti-hero – a politician who, in crisis, makes a reckless decision, whose pride (or insecurity) prevents him from backing down until it is too late, and who thereby ends up losing everything. Not just the story of a girl who confronts the state, Antigone is an exploration of inherent human conflicts – between men and women, young and old, power and powerlessness, civil law and the 'unwritten laws' of nature. Lauded in Antiquity, it has influenced drama and philosophy throughout history into the modern age. With an introduction discussing the nature of the community for which Antigone was written, this collection of essays by 12 leading academics from across the world draws together many of the themes explored in Antigone, from Sophocles' use of mythology, his contemporaries' reactions and later reception, to questions of religion and ritual, family life and incest, ecology and the environment. The essays are accompanied by David Stuttard's performer-friendly, accurate and easily accessible English translation.
Categories: Drama

A Tangled Web

A Tangled Web

Which was just as well, considering how Zeus hopped beds. On the other hand, perhaps one day that bed hopping might produce a male that was as unlike his father in that way as possible. Demeter would be willing to welcome the right sort ...

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781488084713

Category: Fiction

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Rediscover another Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms in this compelling novella. Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing’s ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back... Previously published in the Harvest Moon anthology. Originally published in 2010.
Categories: Fiction

How Greek Tragedy Works

How Greek Tragedy Works

... Greek Tragedy in Action (London: Routledge; 1978); Alan H. Sommerstein, The Tangled Ways of Zeus (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2010); Edith Hall, Greek Tragedy: Suffering Under the Sun (Oxford: Oxford University Press; ...

Author: Brian Kulick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000291476

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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How Greek Tragedy Works is a journey through the hidden meanings and dual nature of Greek tragedy, drawing on its foremost dramatists to bring about a deeper understanding of how and why to engage with these enduring plays. Brian Kulick dispels the trepidation that many readers feel with regard to classical texts by equipping them with ways in which they can unpack the hidden meanings of these plays. He focuses on three of the key texts of Greek theatre: Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Euripides' The Bacchae, and Sophocles' Electra, and uses them to tease out the core principles of the theatre-making and storytelling impulses. By encouraging us to read between the lines like this, he also enables us to read these and other Greek tragedies as artists' manifestos, equipping us not only to understand tragedy itself, but also to interpret what the great playwrights had to say about the nature of plays and drama. This is an indispensable guide for anyone who finds themselves confronted with tackling the Greek classics, whether as a reader, scholar, student, or director.
Categories: Performing Arts