By Jon D. Mikalson
Mikalson starts through studying what tragic characters and choruses need to say in regards to the nature of the gods and their intervention in human affairs. Then, through tracing the fortunes of various characters -- between them Creon and Antigone, Ajax and Odysseus, Hippolytus, Pentheus, or even Athens and Troy -- he exhibits that during tragedy those that violate or problem modern well known non secular ideals undergo, whereas those that aid those ideals are rewarded.
The ideals thought of in Mikalson's research contain Athenians' perspectives on issues concerning asylum, the jobs of visitors and hosts, oaths, a few of the kinds of divination, healthiness and therapeutic, sacrifice, toxins, the non secular obligations of oldsters, little ones, and voters, murder, the useless, and the afterlife. After summarizing the vairous varieties of piety and impiety on the topic of those ideals present in the tragedies, Mikalson isolates "honoring the gods" because the basic notion of Greek piety. He concludes through describing the several relationships of the 3 tragedians to the faith in their time and their viewers, arguing that the tragedies of Euripides such a lot continuously help the values of renowned religion.