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The Tragedies of Sophocles$
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James Morwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675716.001.0001

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Taking Bearings

Taking Bearings

(p.1) Chapter 1 Taking Bearings
The Tragedies of Sophocles

James Morwood

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the approaches Sophocles used in writing Greek tragedy. It shows that Sophocles used a political approach in his play Electra, which deals with the displacement of legitimate heirs of a kingdom by a usurper who married their mother. It also highlights how Sophocles' tragedies are represented in a post-classical staging, whilst maintaining the social and political relevance that his plays embody.

Keywords:   Greek tragedy, Sophocles, Electra, post-classical staging, social relevance, political relevance

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