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A New Language for Heroes: Odysseus, Ajax, and Sophistic Language in Attic Tragedy


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A New Language for Heroes: Odysseus, Ajax, and Sophistic Language in Attic Tragedy

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dc.contributor.author Barnard, Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-01T22:48:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-01T22:48:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-01
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12822
dc.description.abstract My objective in this project is to explore the ways in which the Homeric figures of Odysseus and Ajax are reinterpreted for the tragic stage by Sophocles and Euripides, with particular emphasis on the presence of marked sophistic modes and values of speech. My thesis begins with an overview of the sophistic movement and a discussion of the philosophical and stylistic tenets of sophism. Based on these, I theorize that during fifth century Be a civic anxiety over the power of sophistic rhetoric develops in Athens and finds unique expression in tragic poetry. Next, I define the particular rhetorical styles and traditions for depicting Odysseus and Ajax in the Homeric epics; I then explore the ways the playwrights redeploy these tropes to render tragic characters that reflect contemporary concerns and questions about the power and responsible use of civic speech. In doing so, I identify strategies employed by both figurers in Homer to persuade a variety of audiences and the specific manners in which these strategies are engendered in the tragic re-imaginings of both characters. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Homer en_US
dc.subject Odysseus en_US
dc.subject Ajax en_US
dc.subject Sophocles en_US
dc.subject Rhetoric en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Odysseus (Greek mythology) in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Ajax (Greek mythology) in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Sophists (Greek philosophy) in literature
dc.title A New Language for Heroes: Odysseus, Ajax, and Sophistic Language in Attic Tragedy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Comparative Literatures and Cultural Studies en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures en_US
dc.description.advisor Cyrino, Monica
dc.description.advisor Cyrino, Monica
dc.description.committee-member Cyrino, Monica
dc.description.committee-member Garcia Jr., Lorenzo
dc.description.committee-member Nocentelli, Carmen

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