J. MITTELSTRASS, Die Rettung der Phänomene. Geschichte der Anwendung und der Missdeutung eines antiken Forschungsprinzips. Berlin, W. de Gruyter, 1962. 281 S. Pr. DM 36.-

J. MITTELSTRASS, Die Rettung der Phänomene. Geschichte der Anwendung und der Missdeutung eines... 189 Greek tragedy since philosophy, owing to recent scientific dis- coveries, can no longer lead people to understand the meaning of life. In the second part of his book he surveys recent attempts, mostly by French dramatists, to write such tragedies. Most of them do not satisfy his standards but he regards Murder in the Cathedral as a model which shows how Greek tragedy can be imitated in a modern context. The section on Greek tragedy contains a number of interesting ideas, e.g. the remark that in Sophocles everything is subsumed to the pattern, whereas Euripides stands too close to the events he is describing to be able to see the pattern, or the distinction drawn between the immediate "dramatic meaning" and the more funda- mental "poetic meaning" of a choral ode. On the whole, however, this part of the book is disappointing. Aylen does not succeed in convincing us of his thesis that the main purpose of a Greek tragedy was to present wrong actions and their consequences, and this narrowness of view leads to some very one-sided interpretations; e.g. he describes Ajax as "a selfish monster" and Heracles as one who collapses completely under his sufferings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

J. MITTELSTRASS, Die Rettung der Phänomene. Geschichte der Anwendung und der Missdeutung eines antiken Forschungsprinzips. Berlin, W. de Gruyter, 1962. 281 S. Pr. DM 36.-

Mnemosyne , Volume 20 (2): 189 – Jan 1, 1967

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