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Harmful Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Greek Tragedy$
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Bridget Martin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621501

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621501.001.0001

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The how and the why of interaction: The manifest evidence

The how and the why of interaction: The manifest evidence

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(p.63) Chapter Three The how and the why of interaction: The manifest evidence
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Harmful Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Greek Tragedy
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Bridget Martin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621501.003.0004

This chapter examines the means through which the manifest tragic dead (i.e. those who appear on stage or whose appearance is described at length) interact with the living, considering the impetus, methods and outcomes of such interaction and what it can tell us about the abilities and limitations of the dead in relation to the world of the living. The case studies examined concentrate on necromancy (Aeschylus’ Persians, Psychagōgoi and Choephori), dreams (Aeschylus’ Eumenides and Euripides’ Hecuba) and spontaneous appearances (Euripides’ Hecuba). The chapter examines the complex and problematic nature of much of this interaction, which, it emerges, is rarely without ambiguity.

Keywords:   necromancy, ghosts, dreams, interaction

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