The Birth of Tragedy

The Birth of Tragedy

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'Yes, what is Dionysian? - This book provides an answer - "a man who knows" speaks in it, the initiate and disciple of his god.' The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a book about the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. For Nietzsche, Greek tragedy is the expression of a culture which has achieved a delicate but powerful balance between Dionysian insight into the chaos and suffering whichunderlies all existence and the discipline and clarity of rational Apollonian form. In order to promote a return to these values, Nietzsche undertakes a critique of the complacent rationalism of late nineteenth-century German culture and makes an impassioned plea for the regenerative potential ofthe music of Wagner. In its wide-ranging discussion of the nature of art, science and religion, Nietzsche's argument raises important questions about the problematic nature of cultural origins which are still of concern today.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780192832924
0192832921
Characteristics: xliii, 173 p. ; 20 cm.

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1aa
Sep 26, 2015

Ostensibly about the theory of Greek tragedy, it quickly becomes clear that it is more about Nietzsche himself and roiling thoughts and speculations. Its quite a wild ride for the reader, the work has much literary merit.

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The_Bill
May 18, 2010

This is an absolutely fascinating book that divides fiction into two categories, that belonging to Apollo and that of Dionysus.

Essentially the theory boils down to the difference in the way narrative presents identity - some glorify the individual as perfect and autonomous, but set against a hostile world, while others revel in the individual's dissolution into the weltering chaos of existence.

Especially if you are interested in the Homeric epics or classical tragedy - and ESPECIALLY especially if you are interested in Euripedes' Bacchae trilogy - you don't want to miss this book.

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