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Guilt by DescentMoral Inheritance and Decision Making in Greek Tragedy$
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N. J. Sewell-Rutter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227334.001.0001

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Preliminary Studies: The Supernatural and Causation in Herodotus

Preliminary Studies: The Supernatural and Causation in Herodotus

(p.1) 1 Preliminary Studies: The Supernatural and Causation in Herodotus
Guilt by Descent

N. J. Sewell‐Rutter

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers some aspects of Herodotus. It examines instances in this contemporary author of supernatural causation, moral inheritance within the family, and decision making. It argues that Herodotus exhibits fruitful points of comparison and contrast with the tragedians.

Keywords:   Greek tragedy, Herodotus, Croesus, Cyrus, supernatural causation, moral inheritance, decision making

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