Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater

Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater

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by Eric Csapo
     
 

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Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater examines actors and their popular reception from the origins of theater in Classical Greece to the Roman Empire

  • Presents a highly original viewpoint into several new and contested fields of study
  • Offers the first systematic survey of evidence for the spread of theater outside Athens and the impact of

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Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater examines actors and their popular reception from the origins of theater in Classical Greece to the Roman Empire

  • Presents a highly original viewpoint into several new and contested fields of study
  • Offers the first systematic survey of evidence for the spread of theater outside Athens and the impact of the expansion of theater upon actors and dramatic literature
  • Addresses a study of the privatization of theater and reveals how it was driven by political interests
  • Challenges preconceived notions about theater history

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Csapo's book covers an impressive range of different topics and periods in ancient theatrical history." (Times Literary Supplement, 8 July 2011)

"No scholar of the ancient theater can afford to ignore the arguments put forward in this stimulating and exciting book." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 1 April 2011)

"Csapo provides an excellent collection of Oxford lectures (all revised) that rehearse and challenge old evidence and preconceived theories on the history and image of actors from classical Greece to early imperial Rome...What sets this book apart from similar work is its superb collection and socioeconomic study of extant ancient artifacts. This is a fascinating read of the ancient world and the dynamic relationships between its theatre, politics, and popular culture." (CHOICE, January 2011)

"Actors and Icons is a compelling account of the development of acting in antiquity, taking actors all the way from adjuncts (hypokritai who ‘answer' the chorus), to famous, favoured members of the imperial circle." (Scholia Reviews, 1 October 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405135368
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Eric Csapo has ferreted out an extraordinary quantity of underappreciated evidence, which he pulls together to produce a highly original and convincing history of actors and acting in the ancient world. Essential reading for understanding the whole context of the great achievements of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy.”
Oliver Taplin, Oxford University

"With an excellent command of the many kinds of evidence, E. Csapo focuses on the actor’s image. He gives us a fascinating new history of the ancient theater."
 Brigitte Le Guen, Paris 8 University

“An enthralling read. Nobody brings the world of the ancient theatre alive like Eric Csapo. From the ways Greek actors reduced their audiences to tears or helpless laughter to the economic and political importance of the Roman entertainment industry, he sees vivid details that pass other scholars by. The range of new evidence and insights is breathtaking. Compulsory reading for all historians of ancient theatre, society or culture.”
Edith Hall, Royal Holloway University of London

Meet the Author

Eric Csapo is Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Sydney, Australia. An expert in ancient drama and in the material, social and economic history of the ancient theatre, Csapo is the author of Theories of Mythology (Blackwell 2005) and, with W. J. Slater, Context of Ancient Drama (1995). Along with P. Wilson, Csapo is currently preparing a three-volume social and economic history of the classical Greek theatre (500-300 BC).

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