Interpreting Aeschylus’ Agamemnon through the Categories of Aristotle. How Greek Tragedy Shaped Ethical Citizens

Author: Beck, Martha C.
This work demonstrates that Aeschylus utilizes the Chorus in his play Agamemnon to
demonstrate a growth in moral competence according to free moral action, parallel to
the philosophy of Aristotle’s Nicomachaen Ethics.


“…not only philosophically intriguing,
but also well argued and clearly written. ”
-Prof. Panos Eliopoulos
University of Athens

“The [author] shows how Greek tragedy
and philosophy combine to help us lead
integrated harmonious lives of justice,
patience, and generosity.”
-Prof. Montague Brown
Saint Anselm College

Table of Contents

Preface: Professor Montague Brown

Foreword: Dr. Panos Eliopoulos


Introduction: Aeschylus' Agamemnon and the Creation of an International Culture Today

Chapter 1
The Cultivation of Practical Wisdom

Chapter 2
Nature and Culture: Human Beings are by Nature Rational Animals

Chapter 3
Cultural Evolution from Animal to Rational Animal

Chapter 4
Social Evolution: Mistaken Judgments about the Will of the Gods

Chapter 5
The Chorus: The Intellectual and Emotional Search for Wisdom

Chapter 6
Watchman: The Catharsis of Pity and Fear throughout the Play

Chapter 7
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: The Theory of the Virtues

Chapter 8
Justice in the Soul and in the City

Chapter 9
Aristotle on Human Happiness and Misery

Chapter 10
Conclusion: Tragedy as Education for a Free and Open Society

Chapter 11
Education for Practical Wisdom in Tragedy, Plato, and Aristotle: Response to Martha Nussbaum


General Index

Index of Passages