|Publisher||Lawrence & Wishart|
|Publication Date||October 21, 2017|
Hardbound, 478 pages. From the jacket flap: "As Professor Thomson himself describes it, 'Part One begins with an analysis of the economic and social structure of the primitive tribe ... Part Two covers the transition from tribal society to the city-state and relates the development of poetry and science to the early history of the class struggle. Part Three resumes the history of primitive initiation, which is then applied to the growth of mystical religion and the origin of tragedy. In Part Four these various threads - political, ideological, artistic - are drawn together for the interpretation of Aeschylus ... the book ends with a discussion of the arts in relation to the psychological effects of the class struggle.' "