The heroic paradox : essays on Homer, Sophocles, and Aristophanes (Book, 1982) [WorldCat.org]
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The heroic paradox : essays on Homer, Sophocles, and Aristophanes

Author: Cedric Hubbell Whitman; Charles Segal
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The late Cedric H. Whitman was widely acclaimed for his studies of classical poetry. In the ten years before his death in 1979 he gave a number of lectures in which he developed his concept of Greek heroic humanism. Five of the six essays collected here are edited from the texts of those lectures. According to Whitman, the tragic hero in Greek literature confronts crucial moral questions and chooses to suffer and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Whitman, Cedric Hubbell.
Heroic paradox.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1982
(OCoLC)557908702
Named Person: Homer.; Sophocles.; Aristophanes.; Homère; Sophocle; Aristophane; Homer; Sophocles; Aristophanes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cedric Hubbell Whitman; Charles Segal
ISBN: 0801414539 9780801414534
OCLC Number: 8386145
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 171 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The heroic paradox --
Existentialism and the classic hero --
Association by theme in the Iliad --
Some anomalies in the Iliad and the problem of oral transmission --
Antigone and the nature of nature --
Aristophanes and the city: or 1/everybody.
Responsibility: by Cedric H. Whitman ; edited and with an introduction by Charles Segal.

Abstract:

The late Cedric H. Whitman was widely acclaimed for his studies of classical poetry. In the ten years before his death in 1979 he gave a number of lectures in which he developed his concept of Greek heroic humanism. Five of the six essays collected here are edited from the texts of those lectures. According to Whitman, the tragic hero in Greek literature confronts crucial moral questions and chooses to suffer and die rather than to submit or conform to answers dictated by religious dogmatism. Whitman's first two essays explore this idea in a discussion of the "Iliad", Aeschylus, and Sophocles. The next two essays study the poetic artistry of the "Iliad" in terms of the techniques of oral narrative, the symbolism of Homer, and the character of Achilles. Sophocles' "Antigone" is the subject of another essay in which Whitman focuses on the conjunction of the divine will, the natural world, and the heroism of Antigone herself. The final essay restores Aristophanes to his rightful place as a poet of the city. -- From publisher's description.

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