The introduction outlines current scholarship in the field of eschatology in ancient Greece, and it highlights the importance of this book in offering a unique and concentrated study on the dead in fifth-century Greek tragedy. This study extends far beyond the manifest stage-dead by considering, for example, the possible physical and metaphysical effects of exposure and mutilation on the dead in the Underworld, and the different roles the dead play in enacting revenge in the world of the living. The introduction presents the parameters within which the dead are examined in this book, whereby the arguments and conclusions relate specifically to the dead in tragedy and should not and cannot be taken as contemporary fifth-century “beliefs”, although there is inevitable overlap.
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