Dead and Unburied: an analysis of issues of power in three burial conflicts in Greek tragedy

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Dead and Unburied: an analysis of issues of power in three burial conflicts in Greek tragedy

Type: Master thesis
Title: Dead and Unburied: an analysis of issues of power in three burial conflicts in Greek tragedy
Author: Plas, Maaike van der
Issue Date: 2014-08-31
Keywords: Greek tragedy
burial
burial conflicts
Sophocles
Euripides
Antigone
Ajax
Suppliant Women
Abstract: Several Greek tragedies revolve around the exposure of corpses and the conflict this creates between characters who support or oppose this lack of burial. Such a conflict is often between a ruler who outlaws the burial to punish an enemy and an individual or citizen who tries to protect the body of a loved one from mutilation and dishonour. The opposition of the individual can be construed as a direct challenge of the authority of the ruler. In this thesis, burial conflicts in Sophocles’ Antigone, Sophocles’ Ajax and Euripides’ The Suppliant Women are therefore analysed as power struggles to answer the question why the conflicts arise in the first place and what role power plays in their resolution or escalation. This is done by systematically looking at the motives and justifications of the characters throughout the plays to see how they influence the outcome of the narrative.
Supervisor: Sluiter, I.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Master)
Specialisation: Classics
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29507
 

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