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Alex Rodriguez -- a victim of hubris
in a modern-day Greek tragedy

Fox News, by Fay Vincent

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/14/2014 4:39:50 AM

The ancient Greek tragedies involved the downfall of the hero being caused by what the classical scholars call “hubris.” Because human nature remains constant, we know the Greeks were onto something. Hubris causes many heroic figures to fall even in our time and no better example can be found than the Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. If the definition of “hubris” is excessive pride or defiance of the gods leading to a tragic downfall, then A-Rod defines a tragic hero. The only remaining question is how tragic a fall will he endure? Some tragic figures behave so badly they turn the

      


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Alex Rodriguez -- a victim of hubris
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Fox News, by Fay Vincent    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/14/2014 4:39:50 AM     Post Reply
The ancient Greek tragedies involved the downfall of the hero being caused by what the classical scholars call “hubris.” Because human nature remains constant, we know the Greeks were onto something. Hubris causes many heroic figures to fall even in our time and no better example can be found than the Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. If the definition of “hubris” is excessive pride or defiance of the gods leading to a tragic downfall, then A-Rod defines a tragic hero. The only remaining question is how tragic a fall will he endure? Some tragic figures behave so badly they turn the

   

 

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