Instances of Death in Greek Tragedy

In some versions of the myth, Iphigenia was due to be immolated by her father on Artemis’ altar before the beginning of the Trojan War, but was replaced by the goddess with a deer, at the last moment. This is the most staggering, and perhaps best-known, rite of sacrifice in Greek tragedy. Perfectly symmetrical, the end of this war is marked by another human tribute, Polyxena. Some of the topics investigated in this volume include whether these sacrifices, as well as similar ones such as those of Macaria and Menoeceus, the husbands of the Danaides, the hero Pentheus, and Aegisthus, are all a way to balance things out, or whether they cause an even greater unbalance.


Sorana-Cristina Man holds a PhD in Classics and a five-year degree (MA equivalent) in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. She has translated several books of philosophy from Latin and English, and has published numerous cultural studies, including a number of academic articles. The University of Bucharest awarded her a prize for one of her literary works.

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ISBN: 1-5275-4728-0

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-4728-5

Release Date: 24th April 2020

Pages: 283

Price: £61.99

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