daskalidi (daskalidi) wrote in martha_nussbaum,


It is a great honour for me to be the first to write on the society named after one of the most prominent philologists of our century. I believe it is impossible now to speak about Greek drama and philosophy without using "The Fragility of Goodness" of Martha Nussbaum. I would like to open the discussion on one particular topic. The chapter of "The Fragility" about Sophocles' "Antigone" is very profound and thought-provocing, but the "one-sidedness" of the heroine seems to be over-emphasized here. In particular, professor Nussbaum interpretes the word "autonomos" in v. 821 as "living by her own law". But the rest of the Sophocles' text doesn't support this interpretation. On the contrary, what Antigone is living by and dying for is common, aeternal, divine law, agrapta nomima. I couldn't find, even with the aid of Nussbaum's book, anything in her words or behaviour that contradict that law. The meaning of the word "autonomos" seems to be "having law (I mean aeternal, divine law) in oneself". I haven't yet found any parallel usage of "autonomos", but such a usage of "auto-" certainly exists (e. g. Aesch. Suppl. 9 autogenes "in-born".) I will be very glad to hear the opinion of collegues on this topic.
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