In and Out of the Mind
Greek Images of the Tragic Self
Ruth Padel


Ruth Padel explores Greek conceptions of human innerness and the way in which Greek tragedy shaped European notions of mind and self. Arguing that Greek poetic language connects images of consciousness, even male consciousness, with the darkness attributed to Hades and to women, Padel analyzes tragedy's biological and daemonological metaphors for what is within.

Ruth Padel, recently Visiting Professor in the Modern Greek Program at Princeton University, has taught classics at the University of Oxford and the University of London. She is the author of two books of poems and of Whom Gods Destroy: Elements of Greek and Tragic Madness.