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Harmful Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Greek Tragedy

Bridget Martin

Abstract

This book examines harmful interaction between the living and the dead in fifth-century BC Greek tragedy, i.e. how the living can harm the dead, and how the dead can harm the living in return. Tragedy contains some of the most fascinating and important stage-ghosts in Western literature, whether the talkative Persian king Darius, who is evoked from the Underworld in Aeschylus’ Persians, or the murdered Trojan prince Polydorus, who seeks burial for his exposed corpse in Euripides’ Hecuba. These manifest figures can tell us a vast amount about the abilities of the tragic dead, particularly in re ... More

Keywords: tragedy, death, ghosts, dreams, Underworld, afterlife, Erinyes, necromancy, dishonour, revenge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621501
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621501.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bridget Martin, editor