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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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The Middle Voice: German Classical Scholarship and the Greek Tragic Chorus

The Middle Voice: German Classical Scholarship and the Greek Tragic Chorus

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(p.53) 3 The Middle Voice: German Classical Scholarship and the Greek Tragic Chorus
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Choruses, Ancient and Modern
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Constanze Güthenke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0004

In ‘The Middle Voice: German Classical Scholarship and the Tragic Greek Chorus’, Constanze Güthenke argues that the chorus of Greek tragedy is an important point of identification and reflection for German classical scholarship of the nineteenth century. Beginning from A. W. Schlegel’s description of the chorus as ‘the idealized spectator’, the chapter points to an ambivalence in scholarship concerning the place of the chorus between involvement and interpretation, which is seen to be analogous to the self-understanding of the scholars writing. Karl Ottfried Müller’s edition of the Eumenides, August Boeckh’s translation and commentary on the Antigone, and Wilamowitz-Moellendorff’s Introduction to Greek Tragedy all exhibit a fascination with the chorus as an ‘adjudicating witness’, and make the chorus a medium for exploring the voice of classical studies as it moves between the historical and universal.

Keywords:   Greek tragedy, chorus, A. W. Schlegel, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Karl Ottfried Müller, August Boeckh, classical scholarship

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