By Robin Mitchell-Boyask
The nice plague of Athens that all started in 430 BCE had a huge impact at the mind's eye of its literary artists and at the social mind's eye of the town as a complete. during this ebook, Professor Mitchell-Boyask stories the impression of the plague on Athenian tragedy early within the 420s and argues for an important courting among drama and the improvement of the cult of the therapeutic god Asclepius within the subsequent decade, in the course of a interval of conflict and extending civic strife. The Athenian determination to find their temple for Asclepius adjoining to the Theater of Dionysus arose from deeper institutions among drama, therapeutic and the polis that have been engaged actively through the concern of the plague. The e-book additionally considers the illustration of the plague in Thucydides' background in addition to the metaphors generated by means of that illustration which recur later within the similar paintings.
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