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Classics: Greek Tragedy

This page brings together important resources for various branches of study in classical antiquity.

Women in Tragedy

The captive woman's lament in Greek tragedy / Casey Due - PA3136 .D84 2006

Making silence speak : women's voices in Greek literature and society / PA3067 .M35 2001

Female acts in Greek tragedy / Helene P. Foley  - PA3136 .F65 2001

Female mobility and gendered space in ancient Greek myth / Ariadne Konstantinou - PA3015.W65 K66 2018

Tragedy & Politics

Greek political imagery from Homer to Aristotle / Roger Brock - PA3015.P63 B76 2013 

The politics of Greek tragedy / D.M. Carter-   PA3131 .C37 2007

The politics of youth in Greek tragedy : gangs of Athens / Matthew Shipton - PA3136 .S55 2018

Sophocles and Alcibiades : Athenian politics in ancient Greek literature / Michael Vickers - PA4417 .V53 2008

Family Trees

Searching for Greek Family Trees:

For a quick check on a character's lineage, a simple Google search may be enough. There are pictures of the lineage for Greek gods, heroes, etc. For example, searching "Atreus Family Tree" will bring up THESE results. 

For an authoritative reference:

Brill's New Pauly

Oxford Classical Dictionary

These provide short articles on characters in Greek literature, pointing out their families. 

Tips for Research

Use the Colby Library catalog or CBBcat to find books; use databases JSTOR and Project Muse to find articles full-text; use l'Annee Philologique to find citations (with summaries) to more sources you can search for through the catalog at Colby, MaineCat, NExpress, or in WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan.

Subjects to search in the catalog: Greek drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism and Theater -- Greece -- History  or [e.g.] Aeschylus -- Criticism and Interpretation. Use notes and bibliographies in books to trace more sources for your particular enquiry.

When searching JSTOR, use Search> Advanced Search, and limit Type to Article; also narrow the Discipline to Classical Studies to cut down the number of results. For best results, include in your search personal names of people and gods involved in your topic. Use the notes and lists of references at the end of articles to find more sources for your enquiry.

When searching l'Annee Philologique, enter two or three keywords in the search box. You want to cast a wider net here, because despite the "Full Text" label, l'Annee is searching only the title and abstract of the articles. In the list that emerges when you click Search, click on the hot-linked titles to get a full citation and very brief summary. Remember that l'Annee is not a full text database - you will need to look up the results to find whether Colby owns them.

A Few General Books

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy / P.E. Easterling  PA3131 .C29 1997

A Companion to Greek Tragedy / Justina Gregory - PA3131 .C56 2005

Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy / Erich Segal - PA3133 .G68 1983 

Greek Drama and Dramatists / Alan H. Sommerstein - PA3131 .S6613 2002

Narrative and Staging

Staged narrative : poetics and the messenger in Greek tragedy / James Barrett - PA3136 .B36 2002

Narrative setting and dramatic poetry / Mary Kuntz -PA3136 .K84 1993

Telling tragedy : narrative technique in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides / Barbara Goward - PA3131 .G69  2004

Greek tragedy in action / Oliver Taplin PA3131 .T37 2000  

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