Biography of Socrates in the Context of Ancient Drama




tragedy, comedy, catharsis, Socratic irony, literary work


Biography of Socrates is regarded as a kind of artistic text, deliberately turned philosopher to all citizens of the Athenian Polis, built in ethical and aesthetic coordinates that are relevant in the development plan of the ancient drama, its two leading genres of tragedy and Comedy. The fate of Socrates interpreted as requiring reflection in the plane of intersection of the tragic and the comic, the interrelated experiences of tragic and comic catharsis. Fear and compassion of catharsis tragic, laughter and pleasure of catharsis comedy cover the fullness of the emotional spectrum, characterizing the relationship between the individual and the human community in their movement from the past through present to future. Comic unity of people takes place in space history, the background of the established, time-tested values. Tragic overcoming fragmentation one and many – to-background values are desirable or antivalues unwanted catastrophic future, the road to which pave risky individualistic actions of the tragic hero, artistically meaningful in the tragedy, under control of the human community. The discrepancy between the tragic fate of Socrates and his image in the Comedy of Aristophanes “Clouds” shows the essence of the relationship of individual and shares in the process of artistic creation and reception. Socratic dialogue, as well as ancient tragedy and Comedy are characterized from the point of view of their role in the formation of individual literary and artistic creativity. Ahead of the author of the literary works of his contemporaries associated with the process of artistic creativity, facing in the future. This is ahead of the curve generates the contradiction between the past and the future in the space of literary works, which may be resolved by the reception and interpretation.

Author Biography

Natalia Astrachan, Zhytomyr state University of Ivan Franko

Department of theory and history of world literature

Zhytomyr state University of Ivan Franko

St. the B. Berdichevsky, 40, 10008, Zhytomyr, Ukraine


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How to Cite

Astrachan, N. “Biography of Socrates in the Context of Ancient Drama”. Pitannâ lìteraturoznavstva, no. 89, Nov. 2014, pp. 165-77, doi:10.31861/pytlit2014.89.165.



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