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At the play's end, he stands convicted of murdering his father, marrying his mother, and triggering a deadly plague. The Greek word for tragedy means "goat song. Helene Peet Foley calls him "the kind of leader a democracy would both love and desire to ostracize. This unique critical edition includes a new translation of the play by distinguished classics scholar Wm. Blake Tyrrell and the authoritative Greek text established by H.
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Add to basket. Can We Survive Our Origins? For Rene Girard Sandor Goodhart. Conrad's Shadow Nidesh Lawtoo. Holdings In. UofT at Mississauga. Victoria University E. Subjects geographic term. Greece--History--Peloponnesian War, B. Plato Criticism and interpretation. More Details author. Tyrrell, William Blake. Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture. A Look Inside About the Author.
Sacrifice Socrates Athens Plato by Blake Tyrrell
Author Affiliation. Appeared in Choice on Appearing in the "Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture Series"--which is dedicated to the "exploration, criticism and development of Rene Girard's mimetic model"--this book offers a nuanced, specialized analysis of the Platonically substantiated "sacrifice of Socrates. Tyrrell is a distinguished classical scholar, and he does an excellent job of anatomizing the operations of the cardinal principles of Girard's hypothesis--the pivotal notions of mimetic desire, mimetic rivalry, acquisitive desire, and the process of victimization, to cite a few--in specific detail with respect to the Socratic milieu depicted primarily and most vividly by Plato and Aristophanes.
Socrates is portrayed within this analytical framework as victim and pharmakos, whose condemnation was an exemplary manifestation of a dynamic mimetic mechanism operating within a defeated post-war society in crisis and in search of a sacrificial victim: a scapegoat.
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This volume offers an excellent introduction to the applicability of Girard's interdisciplinary theories to the study of Greek philosophy, literature, and religion. Summing Up: Highly recommended.
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Main Description. When Athenians suffered the shame of having lost a war from their own greed and foolishness, around BCE the public's blame was directed at Socrates, a man whose unique appearance and behavior, as well as his disapproval of the democracy, made him a ready target. Socrates was subsequently put on trial and sentenced to death. Plato's Apologydepicts Socrates as both the bane and the cure of Greek society, while his Critoshows a sacrificial Socrates, what some might consider a pharmakosfigure, the human drug through whom Plato can dispense his philosophical remedies.
With tremendous insight and satisfying complexity, this book analyzes classical texts through the lens of Girard's mimetic mechanism.