By Elizabeth S. Belfiore

Smooth students have Aristotle in noting the significance of philia (kinship or friendship) in Greek tragedy, particularly the massive variety of plots during which relatives damage or homicide each other. greater than 1/2 the thirty-two extant tragedies specialise in an act within which damage happens or is ready to take place between philoi who're blood kinfolk. against this, Homeric epic has a tendency to prevent the portrayal of injury to relatives. it sounds as if, then, that relations killing doesn't in basic terms ensue in what Aristotle calls the "best" Greek tragedies; really, it's a attribute of the style as a whole.

In homicide between Friends, Elizabeth Belfiore helps this thesis with an in-depth exam of the the most important position of philia in Greek tragedy. Drawing on a wealth of proof, she compares tragedy and epic, discusses the function of philia relationships inside Greek literature and society, and analyzes intimately the trend of violation of philia in 5 performs: Aeschylus' Suppliants, Sophocles' Philoctetes and Ajax, and Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris and Andromache. Appendixes additional record cases of violation of philia in the entire extant tragedies in addition to within the misplaced performs of the 5th and fourth centuries B.C.E.

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