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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.

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Csapo's book covers an impressive range of different topics and periods in ancient theatrical history." (The 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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405135368
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Csapo is Professor 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 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and co-editor of Context of Ancient Drama (with W. J. Slater, 1995) and The Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Elsewhere: From Ritual to Drama (with M. Miller, 2006).

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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 A Portrait of the Artist I: Theatre-Realistic Art in Athens, 500-330 BC

Ch. 2 A Portrait of the Artist II: Theatre-Realistic Art in the Greek West, 400-300 BC

Ch. 3 The Spread of Theater and the Rise of the Actor

Ch. 4 Kallippides on the Floor Sweepings: The Limits of Realism in Ancient Acting

Ch. 5 Cooking with Menander: Slices from the Ancient Home Entertainment Industry?

Ch. 6 The Politics of Privatization: A Short History of the Privatization of Drama from Classical Athens to Early Imperial Rome



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