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hubris

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(in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin
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Creon does not represent a legitimate or almost legitimate conception of the rights or nature of the polis, for the text insists with increasing clarity on a contrast between his pretensions as a ruler and the foolish and hybristic tendencies which characterize his performance as a ruler and influence his decision about the body.
If this sounds like the reworking of the stuff that nineteenth-century fictions are made of, it is meant that way: the omnipresent oppressiveness of the city, as well as the delightful circumlocution of the narrative, are reminiscent of Dickens; the morbid subject matter and intuitive brilliance of the police officer solving the case suggest Poe's Gothic ratiocination; and the scientific rivalry between Sartorius and his colleagues, as well as the search for the elixir of life, recall Hawthorne's hybristic scientists.
This lineage-boast does not simply outbrag that of Asteropaios; it is hybristic not only in its boast of power over rivers in general but also in its doubt of Skamandros' ability in particular to aid the fallen Asteropaios.