n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The motif of love in the Alcestis of Euripides

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article provides a contemporary reading of Euripides' drama, the Alcestis, through the practical application of Wittgenstein's method of Gloss Analysis. The main problem investigated is how Euripides treats the motif of love in the Alcestis. This problem is approached by way of an analysis of the function of language. More specifically, emphasis is placed on the role of metaphorical language in order to show up the tensions in a classical marriage. Through Gloss Analysis the use of metaphors is illuminated, and this reveals the function of the patriarchal value system and how it failed in the classical era.

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