By Elizabeth S. Belfiore

Glossy students have Aristotle in noting the significance of philia (kinship or friendship) in Greek tragedy, in particular the big variety of plots within which relations damage or homicide each other. greater than 1/2 the thirty-two extant tragedies specialise in an act during which damage happens or is ready to ensue between philoi who're blood family members. against this, Homeric epic has a tendency to prevent the portrayal of damage to family members. it seems that, 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 an important function 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 extra record circumstances 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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