Brill's Companion to Sophocles offers 32 specially commissioned essays from leading international scholars which give critical examinations of the progress and direction of numerous wide-ranging debates about various aspects of Sophoclean drama. Each chapter offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular subject area, as well as covering a wide variety of thematic angles. Recent advances in scholarship have raised new questions about Sophocles and Greek tragedy, and have overturned some long-standing assumptions. Besides presenting a comprehensive and authoritative guide to understanding Sophocles, this companion provides scholars and students with compelling fresh perspectives upon a broad range of issues in the field of Sophoclean studies.
Author: Mauro Agosto

Zehlicke was not wrong when writing: “Non igitur tam fuerit invenustus atque inverecundus Sophocles, ut, qui numquam nisi de invitis Oedipi delictis loquatur, hoc loco filiam, et piam illam, nulla cogente necessitate de patris flagitiis querentem inducat.” 7 Earle’s Proposal 1. At this point, an

In: Mnemosyne
Author: P. J. Finglass

In my edition of Sophocles’ Ajax the discussion of ‘politics’ in the introduction is only a couple of paragraphs long. 1 The invitation to contribute to this volume gives me a chance to say slightly more about this topic, as well as briefly to consider an important paper that appeared after

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Author: Lyndsay Coo

.1-2): ‘And I breakfasted on a bit of crisp itrion , breaking it off, and drank a jar of wine.’ Aristophanes in the Acharnians (1092): ‘Flat cakes, sesame cakes, itria ’. Sophocles in the Eris (fr. 199): ‘But I, being hungry, gaze again towards the itria .’ 1 The final quotation comes from

In: Mnemosyne
Author: James Kierstead

enlightenment of the Athens of Sophocles’ day. Hence, in readings of this sort, we should be against Creon, not because he is an autocrat, but because he is a democrat; he exhibits, in exaggerated form, the characteristic vices of 5th-century Athenian democracy. This way of looking at the play is, in my view

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought

Sophocles was both a great dramatist and a significant figure in Athenian public life. As a public figure, he was elected to several important offices by the Athenian demos . In 443/2 bc he was chosen 1 as one of the hellenotamiai (the board responsible for the funds of the Athenian

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Author: Andrew Brown

Teubner Sophocles and Griffith’s cup Antigone ) all treat the lines as genuine, 3 as do the well-respected editions of Jebb, Bruhn and Pearson and the commentary of Kamerbeek. 4 Thus any reader today is likely to assume that no compelling case has been made against them. In fact, as I hope to show, a

In: Mnemosyne
Author: Ann Ward

-guidance, there arose in Athens two new methods in the search for truth: tragedy and philosophy. To explore the ways in which ancient tragedy and philosophy address the question of whether human reason can ground the good human life, this article considers the relationship between Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
Aspects of Diction, Syntax and Pragmatics
This volume offers an extensive overview of the various ways in which Sophocles’ use of the Greek language is currently being studied. Greatly admired in antiquity, Sophocles’ style only became a serious subject of investigation with Campbell’s Introductory essay On the language of Sophocles (1879).
Fourteen chapters, divided into three sections (diction, syntax, pragmatics), discuss the linguistic register and use of gnomai in Ajax’ deception speech, Homeric intertextuality, the style of the Sophoclean satyr-plays in relation to tragedy and comedy, the relation between the repetition of words and focalization, the language of blindness, the image of ‘fire’, the use of deictic pronouns, the semantics of the middle-passive and of counterfactuals, the historic present and the constitution of the text, the suggestive power of descriptions, speech-acts, and strategies of politeness.