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Pietro Pucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700613

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700613.001.0001

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Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition

Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition

(p.1) 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
Euripides’s Revolution under Cover

Pietro Pucci

Cornell University Press

This book explores the two overarching and interconnected objectives of Euripides's poetic game and law of composition: first, to elucidate a consistent criticism of the anthropomorphic nature of the Greek gods and second, to provide audiences and readers with the wisdom and the strength to endure the distress of life. Both objectives are at the heart of the Euripidean revolution. The criticism of anthropomorphism undercuts the interventions that are enacted by the gods among the mortals. This book examines Euripides's “under cover strategy” and his main aims in plays and scenes that focus on three of the most debated issues of his time: language, eros, and politics.

Keywords:   poetic game, law of composition, Greek gods, Euripidean revolution, anthropomorphism, Euripides, plays, language, eros, politics

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