Emotion in action. Thucydides and the tragic chorus

TitleEmotion in action. Thucydides and the tragic chorus
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVisvardi, E
Ancient AuthorsThucydides Hist. (TLG 0003), Aeschylus Trag. (TLG 0085), Sophocles Trag. (TLG 0011), Euripides Trag. (TLG 0006)
Series TitleMnemosyne Supplements 377
Number of Pagesx + 287 pp.
PublisherBrill
CityLeiden
ISBN9789004269293 (hb); 9789004285576 (ebook)
Abstract

Emotion in Action: Thucydides and the Tragic Chorus offers a new approach to the tragic chorus by examining how certain choruses ‘act’ on their shared feelings. Eirene Visvardi redefines choral action, analyzes choruses that enact fear and pity, and juxtaposes them to the Athenian dêmos in Thucydides’ History. Considered together, these texts undermine the sharp divide between emotion and reason and address a preoccupation that emerges as central in Athenian life: how to channel the motivational power of collective emotion into judicious action and render it conducive to cohesion and collective prosperity. Through their performance of emotion, tragic choruses raise the question of which collective voices deserve a hearing in the institutions of the polis and suggest diverse ways to envision passionate judgment and action. [http://www.brill.com/products/book/emotion-action-thucydides-and-tragic-chorus]

DOI10.1163/9789004285576
Review(s)

BMCR 2018.04.32 J. L. Rosenberg

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