The semantics of Χρή in Aeschylus Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Wiltshire, David Christian Anderson
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Classics
  • In this thesis I examine all uses of the word χρή in the six certainly genuine plays of Aeschylus as well as in the Prometheus Bound. I argue that they fall naturally into two distinct groups: Type I, whose examples exhibit timelessly true proprieties and obligations, commonly known, and affecting all mortals equally; and Type II, which include specific truths about the future, affecting a particular, named person and known only to those with the relevant prophetic knowledge; these instances also assume a conception of the gods acting independently of (if not in fact at odds with) the source of necessity involved in the χρή-statement. Examples of Type I can be found in all seven of these plays, but Type II uses are found almost solely in the Prometheus Bound.
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