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Author Mitchell-Boyask, Robin, 1961-

Title Plague and the Athenian imagination : drama, history, and the cult of Asclepius / Robin Mitchell-Boyask
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 209 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Prologue -- Chapter 1 Introduction -- Chapter 2 Death, myth and drama before the plague -- Chapter 3 Materials i: The language of disease in tragedy -- The rarity of loimos in tragedy -- The use of nosos in tragedy -- Aeschylus and nosos -- Nosos in sophocles and euripides -- Aristophanic comedy and the plague -- Medicine, politics and tragic drama -- Chapter 4 Plague, cult and drama: Euripides' Hippolytus -- Chapter 5 Oedipus and the plague -- Chapter 6 The Trachiniae and the plague -- Dating problems -- A parody of heracles in the clouds -- Heracles as plague victim -- The plague and the apotheosis of heracles -- Music, closure and cult -- Sophocles, heracles and athenian imperialism -- Chapter 7 Materials ii: The cult of Asclepius and the Theater of Dionysus -- Asclepius and the god of theater -- The uniqueness of the athenian asklepieion -- Asklepieion-theater configurations in other poleis -- Chapter 8 Disease and stasis in Euripidean drama: Tragic pharmacology on the south slope of the Acropolis -- Sickness and stasis in euripides' heracles -- Nosological imagery in euripidean drama -- Nosos in the phoenissae -- Pharmakon sôtr̊ias -- Heracles ii: text and context -- Tragic drama, scapegoating and ostracism -- Chapter 9 The Athenian Asklepieion and the end of the Philoctetes -- Lemnos and athens -- Sophocles' philoctetes and athenian cults -- Asclepius and asklepieion: remapping the action of the philoctetes -- Poetry and performance -- Sophocles' philoctetes and the athens of 409 bce -- Epilogue: philoctetes, freedom and the threat of tyranny in 410 -- Chapter 10 Conclusions and afterthoughts -- Works Cited -- Index -- Last Page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Aesculapius (Roman deity) -- Cult.
Drama -- Social aspects -- Greece -- Athens -- History.
Greek drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism.
Greek drama (Tragedy) -- Themes, motives -- History.
Literature and society -- Greece -- Athens -- History.
Plague in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008271808
ISBN 0511378041 (electronic bk.)
0511378939 (electronic bk.)
9780511378041 (electronic bk.)
9780511378935 (electronic bk.)