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Overview

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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'A superb sourcebook for the study of the Greek Theatre and its practitioners. This is an essential ... purchase for the school library or classics resource centre.'JACT Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415260282
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 History of the Dramatic Genres 1
Ch. 2 The Authors 33
Aeschylus 33
Sophocles 41
Euripides 48
Minor tragic poets 60
Aristophanes 63
Menander 70
Minor comic poets 75
Ch. 3 Chronology of Greek Drama 77
Ch. 4 Anthology of Texts 87
Production records 87
Didascalic hypotheses 89
Synopses of lost plays 91
Aeschylus 93
Sophocles 100
Euripides 107
Minor tragedians 118
Aristophanes 125
Menander 136
Minor comedians 148
Ch. 5 Testimonia 159
Aeschylus 159
Sophocles 161
Euripides 163
Aristophanes 167
Menander 169
Ch. 6 Select Further Reading 172
Texts and translations 172
Drama and theatre 174
Drama and society 175
Tragedy and satyr-drama 177
Individual tragic dramatists 178
Aristophanes and Old Comedy 179
Middle Comedy 179
Menander and New Comedy 180
Index 181
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