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Hardcover | $46.95 Trade | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780942299182 | 538 pp. | 6 x 9 in | November 1988
Paperback | $27.95 Trade | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780942299199 | 538 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 1990

Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece

Translated by Janet Lloyd


Jean-Pierre Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet are leaders in a contemporary French classical scholarship that has produced a stunning reconfiguration of Greek thought and literature. Here they provide a disturbing and decidedly nonclassical reading of Greek myth and tragedy and the relationship between them.

Jean-Pierre Vernant is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Study of Ancient Religions at the College de France in Paris. Pierre Vidal-Naquet is Director of Studies and Professor of Sociology at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.

About the Author

The late Jean-Pierre Vernant was Professor of Comparative Study of Religions at the Coll├Ęge de France in Paris.


"What is Dionysiac about Greek tragedy, Vernant suggests, and specific to the genre, is the 'otherness' of the hero, his belonging to an absent world that no longer exists, and the blurring and shifting of the boundaries between illusion and reality that result for the audience.... Myth and Tragedy is a book to be unreservedly welcome for its progressive unfolding of ideas which have proved consistently fertile in new perceptions."
Times Literary Supplement