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Acts of compassion in Greek tragic drama, James Franklin Johnson

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Acts of compassion in Greek tragic drama
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Acts of compassion in Greek tragic drama
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James Franklin Johnson
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eng
Summary
The ability of human beings to feel compassion or empathy for one another{u2014}and express that emotion by offering comfort or assistance{u2014}is an important antidote to violence and aggression. In ancient Greece, the epics of Homer and the tragic dramas performed each spring in the Theater of Dionysus offered citizens valuable lessons concerning the necessity and proper application of compassionate action. This book is the first full-length examination of compassion (eleos or oiktos in Greek) as a dramatic theme in ancient Greek literature. Through careful textual analysis, James F. Johnson surveys the treatment of compassion in the epics of Homer, especially the Iliad, and in the works of the three great Athenian tragedians: Aischylos, Euripides, and Sophokles. He emphasizes reciprocity, reverence, and retribution as defining features of Greek compassion during the Homeric and Archaic periods. In framing his analysis, Johnson distinguishes compassion from pity. Whereas in English the word "pity" suggests an attitude of superiority toward the sufferer, the word "compassion" has a more positive connotation and implies equality in status between subject and object. Although scholars have conventionally translated eleos and oiktos as "pity," Johnson argues that our modern-day notion of compassion comes closest to encompassing the meaning of those two Greek words. Beginning with Homer, eleos normally denotes an emotion that entails action of some sort, whereas oiktos usually refers to the emotion itself. Johnson also draws associations between compassion and the concepts of fear and pity, which Aristotle famously attributed to tragedy. Because the Athenian plays are tragedies, they mainly show the disastrous consequences of a world where compassion falls short. At the same time, they offer glimpses into a world where compassion can generate a more beneficial{u2014}and therefore more hopeful{u2014}outcome. Their message resonates with today's readers as much as it did for fifth-century Athenians
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1946-
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Johnson, James F.
Dewey number
882/.0109
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3136
LC item number
.J64 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oklahoma series in classical culture
Series volume
volume 53
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  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Compassion in literature
  • Compassion in literature
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
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Acts of compassion in Greek tragic drama, James Franklin Johnson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-304) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Homer and archaic Greece -- Fifth-century Athens -- Aischylos -- Euripides -- Sophokles
Control code
919316381
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 308 pages
Isbn
9780806151663
Lccn
2015033021
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)919316381
Label
Acts of compassion in Greek tragic drama, James Franklin Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Homer and archaic Greece -- Fifth-century Athens -- Aischylos -- Euripides -- Sophokles
Control code
919316381
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 308 pages
Isbn
9780806151663
Lccn
2015033021
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)919316381

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