Greek Drama and Dramatists / Edition 1

Greek Drama and Dramatists / Edition 1

by Alan H. Sommerstein, Sommerstein Ala, A. Sommerstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415260280

ISBN-13: 9780415260282

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The history of European drama began at the festivals of Dionysus in ancient Athens, where tragedy, satyr-drama and comedy were performed. Understanding this background is vital for students of classical, literary and theatrical subjects, and Alan H. Sommerstein's accessible study is the ideal introduction. The book begins by looking at the social and theatrical

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The history of European drama began at the festivals of Dionysus in ancient Athens, where tragedy, satyr-drama and comedy were performed. Understanding this background is vital for students of classical, literary and theatrical subjects, and Alan H. Sommerstein's accessible study is the ideal introduction. The book begins by looking at the social and theatrical contexts and different characteristics of the three genres of ancient Greek drama. It then examines the five main dramatists whose works survive - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander - discussing their styles, techniques and ideas, and giving short synopses of all their extant plays. Additional helpful features include succinct coverage of almost sixty other authors, a chronology of significant people and events, and an anthology of translated texts, all of which have been previously inaccessible to students. An up-to-date study bibliography of further reading concludes the volume. Clear, concise and comprehensive, and written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Greek Drama and Dramatists will be a valuable orientation text at both sixth form and undergraduate level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415260282
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Ch. 1History of the Dramatic Genres1
Ch. 2The Authors33
Aeschylus33
Sophocles41
Euripides48
Minor tragic poets60
Aristophanes63
Menander70
Minor comic poets75
Ch. 3Chronology of Greek Drama77
Ch. 4Anthology of Texts87
Production records87
Didascalic hypotheses89
Synopses of lost plays91
Aeschylus93
Sophocles100
Euripides107
Minor tragedians118
Aristophanes125
Menander136
Minor comedians148
Ch. 5Testimonia159
Aeschylus159
Sophocles161
Euripides163
Aristophanes167
Menander169
Ch. 6Select Further Reading172
Texts and translations172
Drama and theatre174
Drama and society175
Tragedy and satyr-drama177
Individual tragic dramatists178
Aristophanes and Old Comedy179
Middle Comedy179
Menander and New Comedy180
Index181

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