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Paperback Tragedy Offstage: Suffering and Sympathy in Ancient Athens Book

ISBN: 0292722389

ISBN13: 9780292722385

Tragedy Offstage: Suffering and Sympathy in Ancient Athens

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Humane ideals were central to the image Athenians had of themselves and their city during the classical period. Tragic plays, which formed a part of civic education, often promoted pity and compassion. But it is less clear to what extent Athenians embraced such ideals in daily life. How were they expected to respond, emotionally and pragmatically, to the suffering of other people? Under what circumstances? At what risk to themselves? In this book,...

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