In The Birth of Tragedy Nietzsche draws the following contrast between Aeschylus and Sophocles:

The splendid ‘ability’ of the great genius for which even eternal suffering is a slight price, the stern pride of the artist — that is the content of Aeschylus’ poem, while Sophocles in his Oedipus sounds as a prelude the holy man’s song of triumph.1


Conceivable Sort Eternal Return Tragic Drama Ecce Homo Great Genius 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    BT, Section 9, p. 70.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    AC, Section 51, p. 168.Google Scholar
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    BGE, ‘What is Religion?’, Section 49, p. 64.Google Scholar
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    TI, ‘The Four Great Errors’, Section 8, p. 54.Google Scholar
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    EH, ‘Why I am So Clever’, Section 10, p. 258.Google Scholar
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    Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own, trans. Steven Byington with intro. by Sidney Parker (Rebel Press, 1982).Google Scholar
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    HAH, ‘On the History of the Moral Sensations’, Section 107, pp. 57f.Google Scholar
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    R. J. Winnington-Ingram, Sophocles: An Interpretation, (Cambridge University Press, 1980) p. 19.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 156.Google Scholar
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    Sophocles, Volume II, The Loeb Classical Library, Ajax, trans. F. Storr (London: William Heinemann and New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1929) p. 49.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 119.Google Scholar
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    G. W. F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Mind, trans. with an intro. and notes by J. B. Baillie (George Allen and Unwin, 1966) p. 477. First published in Gret Britain 1910.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 476.Google Scholar
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    A. C. Bradley, Oxford Lectures on Poetry (Macmillan, 1959). First edn. 1909.Google Scholar
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    WP, Book Four, ‘Discipline and Breeding’, III. ‘The Eternal Recurrence’, Section 1066, p. 549.Google Scholar
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    Sophocles Volume II, Antigone, p. 321.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 381.Google Scholar
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    WP, Book Two, ‘Critique of the Highest Values Hitherto’, no. 379, p. 204.Google Scholar
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    Jan Kott, The Eating of the Gods, trans. Boreslaw Taborski and J. Czerwinski (Eyre Methuen, 1974) p. 139.Google Scholar
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    B. M. W. Knox, Oedipus at Thebes (Oxford University Press, 1957) p. 116.Google Scholar
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    BT, Section 9, pp. 67f.Google Scholar
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    Sophocles, Volume I, Oedipus at Colonus p. 147.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 183.Google Scholar
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    H. D. F. Kitto, Greek Tragedy — A Literary Study (Methuen, 1939) p. 401.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Oedipus at Colonus, p. 361.Google Scholar
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    Heraclitus, On the Universe, trans. W. H. S. Jones (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press and London: William Heineman, 1979).Google Scholar
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    Ibid., Fragment 41, p. 483.Google Scholar

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