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Comparative Perspectives on Seven Against Thebes





ISBN 9781138677005
Published February 26, 2017 by Routledge
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This volume brings together a group of interdisciplinary experts who demonstrate that Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes is a text of continuing relevance and value for exploring ancient, contemporary and comparative issues of war and its attendant trauma. The volume features contributions from an international cast of experts, as well as a conversation with a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col., giving her perspectives on the blending of reality and fiction in Aeschylus’ war tragedies and on the potential of Greek tragedy to speak to contemporary veterans. This book is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in Aeschylus, Greek tragedy and its reception, and war literature.

Table of Contents

List of figures



Acknowledgements





1 Aeschylus and War: Comparative Perspectives on Seven Against Thebes



ISABELLE TORRANCE





PART I



Modern Perspectives





2 Aeschylus and War: A Conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Kristen Janowsky



Moderated by Olivier Morel and Isabelle Torrance; prepared for publication by Isabelle Torrance.





3 Aeschylus, Gangland Naples, and the Siege of Sarajevo: Mario Martone's Teatro di Guerra 



ISABELLE TORRANCE





4 Thebes as High Collateral Damage Target: Moral Accountability for Killing in Seven Against Thebes



PETER MEINECK





PART II



Ancient Perspectives





5 Greek Armies against Towns: Siege Warfare and the Seven Against Thebes



FERNANDO ECHEVERRÍA





6 Eteocles and Thebes in Aeschylus



LOWELL EDMUNDS





7 The Music of War in Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes



MARK GRIFFITH





8 Fathers and Sons in War: Seven Against Thebes, Pythian 8, and the Polemics of Genre



MARGARET FOSTER





PART III



The Destruction of Thebes, Ancient and Modern





9 Aeschylus and the Destruction of Thebes: What Did Apollo's Oracle Mean?



ALAN SOMMERSTEIN





10 The Destruction of Thebes in Brecht's Antigone (1948)



DOUGLAS CAIRNS





 



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Biography

Isabelle Torrance is Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark. She has published numerous articles on Greek tragedy and its reception and is author of Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes (London, 2007), Metapoetry in Euripides (Oxford, 2013), and co-author of Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece (Berlin, 2014).