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Coins And Character In Euripides

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In the most systematic analysis of the topic of coins and character in Euripides to date, Frederic Will collects and analyses the six occurrences of the term χαραϰτήρ in corpus, under the premise that the tragedian appears to have dealt with the concept of χαραϰτήρ "more probingly" than did either of his compatriots, Aeschylus and Sophocles. Will attempts to show how, in hands of Euripides, the term's meaning runs the gamut from the "material" or concrete through varying degrees of metaphor or "dematerialization." Author follows Will's reasoning for the most part, he part ways with him somewhat in maintaining that, in his use of χαραϰτήρ, as is the case with much of his language that has a craft base, Euripides never fully abandons the term's technical roots, and the fundamental principle of surface must always be respected in interpreting the passages in which it or the ideas behind it appear.

Keywords: χαραϰτήρ; Aeschylus; character; coins; Euripides; Frederic Will; Sophocles



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