Guy Brindley

My thesis examines the depiction of fathers and fatherhood in Greek tragedy in terms of the pervasive and profound conflict between the paternal role and other aspects of male identity and behaviour. Chapters explore the complex relationship in tragedy between fatherhood and political office, the difficulties of the tragic Heracles in reconciling his heroic career with the expectations of paternity, the emphatically disruptive behaviour of divine fathers in the genre, and the widespread rhetorical conflict over both specific fathers and fatherhood as a whole.

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