The paper discusses the failure of persuasion in the agones of Euripides, in spite of the fact that several characters in Euripides complain about the dangers of overpersuasive speech. In the plays of Euripides charac- ters do change their minds, but not in the course of agones. ‘Anger’, ‘shame’, and ‘autonomy’ are three crucial factors in blocking the persuasive effects of persuasive language. Characters explain their change of minds not on the basis of persuasion but as a consequence of autonomous deliberation. The change of mind of Iphigenia in Iphigenia at Aulis is in keeping with the ethical development and self-definition of many characters in Euripides.

Change of mind, persuasion, and the emotions: debates in Euripides from Medea to Iphigenia at Aulis

Battezzato Luigi
2017

Abstract

The paper discusses the failure of persuasion in the agones of Euripides, in spite of the fact that several characters in Euripides complain about the dangers of overpersuasive speech. In the plays of Euripides charac- ters do change their minds, but not in the course of agones. ‘Anger’, ‘shame’, and ‘autonomy’ are three crucial factors in blocking the persuasive effects of persuasive language. Characters explain their change of minds not on the basis of persuasion but as a consequence of autonomous deliberation. The change of mind of Iphigenia in Iphigenia at Aulis is in keeping with the ethical development and self-definition of many characters in Euripides.
Settore L-FIL-LET/02 - Lingua e Letteratura Greca
Euripides; Agones; Rhetoric; Persuasion; Emotions.
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