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date: 26 January 2021

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This chapter examines the role of animals in tragedy in ancient times. It analyses the ways animals participate in the tragic representation of the world and investigates how animal imagery and references to animals in tragedy operate in the middle ground between humans and animals. It reviews Sophocles’ Ajax to illustrate the ‘narratological’ function of animals in tragedy and describes how specific animal imagery is used to represent individual human character. This chapter argues that animals appear more clearly and strongly in tragedy than any other genre in the ancient world.

Keywords: animals in tragedy, ancient times, animal imagery, Sophocles, Ajax, human character

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