n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The term όνομα and the theme of naming in

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Alongside their obvious thematic and dramatic similarities, exhibit an interest in the meaning of personal names or the broader theme of naming. The particular ways in which relevant elements are employed and contextualised further each play's goals and contribute to its distinctive outlook. For one thing, both dramas utilise the association of personal names with their bearers' temperament or major attributes; this standard association, however, works towards slightly different effects as we pass from Aeschylus to Euripides. On the other hand, also looks into the concept of the name in more philosophical terms, by reflecting upon its connection with reality (and actually complicating the idea of a straightforward correspondence). Such an inquiry forms a part of the debate over the drama's central crisis, which at the same time problematises sociopolitical values of wider significance - in both Euripidean tragedy and contemporary society.

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