By Susanna Braund, Glenn W. Most

Anger is located all around the historic global, from the first actual be aware of the Iliad via all literary genres and each point of private and non-private existence. but, it is just very lately that classicists, historians, and philosophers have all started to review anger in antiquity. This quantity contains major new experiences via authors from assorted disciplines and international locations at the literary, philosophical, scientific, and political elements of old anger.

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121–2. Jacques Derrida, Writing and Difference, p. 292. The loss of what Derrida calls the dream of “full presence, the reassuring foundation” and the concomitant yearning to recover “the absent origin” form a pervasive theme in Euripidean drama. 35 EURIPIDES AND THE POETICS OF NOSTALGIA him – reciting the catalogue of ships and warriors that went to Troy from Greece: Tell me now, you Muses who have your homes on Olympos. For you, who are goddesses, are there, and you know all things, and we have heard only the rumour of it and know nothing.

26 INTRODUCTION stability provided by the mythological worldview. In the new world, intellectuals could use the self-conscious study of logic and rhetoric to overturn the authority of the old gods and justify their own immoral behavior. This critique of tradition only became possible through the development of a new metaphysics, one that challenged the old mythic assumptions by viewing language solely as a human construct and rhetoric as a subject that could be taught. The sophistic study of language – and of civilization itself – made the new distinctions between signifier and signified, between name and fact, grist for its philosophical mill.

Next, he claims that he fulfilled his part of the agreement out of fear of the “curses with which once our father cursed us” (475). Finally, he invokes the gods to support his claim for justice and his demand for retribution: I call the gods to witness I have done all in justice, now most unjustly I am robbed of my fatherland, an offense to heaven. 52 51 52 Greek versions of Xenophon’s Apology come from Xenophon, Anabasis Books IV–VII; Symposium and Apology, trans. O. J. Todd, vol. 3 of 3. Loeb Classical Library, ed.

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