Sophocles and Alcibiades: Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek Literature

Sophocles and Alcibiades: Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek Literature

Michael J. Vickers


Literary historians have lengthy held the view that the performs of the Greek dramatist, Sophocles deal basically with archetypes of the heroic prior and that any resemblance to modern occasions or members is solely coincidental. during this ebook, Michael Vickers demanding situations this view and argues that Sophocles makes typical and wide allusion to Athenian politics in his performs, specifically to Alcibiades, some of the most debatable Athenian politicians of his day.Vickers indicates that Sophocles was once no closeted highbrow yet a guy deeply interested in politics and he reminds us that Athenian politics used to be 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 latest occasions or incidents, typically of a political nature, hoping that his audience's ardour for politics may increase the recognition of his performs. Vickers strengthens his case approximately Sophocles by way 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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