A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama / Edition 1

A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama / Edition 1

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by Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405102152

ISBN-13: 9781405102155

Pub. Date: 01/24/2005

Publisher: Wiley

This Blackwell Guide provides a broad-ranging introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished principally in Athens from the sixth to the third century bc. All three genres of Greek drama are discussed – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play – as well as the five surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and

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This Blackwell Guide provides a broad-ranging introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished principally in Athens from the sixth to the third century bc. All three genres of Greek drama are discussed – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play – as well as the five surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, together with brief entries on lost playwrights.

The Guide also addresses contextual issues, such as: the origins of the dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals, the theater, and the performers; the relationship between drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political dimension; and how to read and watch Greek drama. The final section consists of 46 one-page synopses of each of the surviving plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405102155
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/24/2005
Series:
Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Figures.

List of Maps.

Abbreviations and Signs.

1. Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama.

Drama.

The Dramatic Festivals.

Dionysos and Drama.

The Theatrical Space.

Conventions of the Performance.

Drama and the Polis.

2. Greek Tragedy.

Tragedy.

Aeschylus.

Sophokles.

Euripides.

The Other Tragedians.

3. The Satyr-Play.

4. Greek Comedy.

Origins.

Old Comedy and Aristophanes.

The Generations of Old Comedy.

Aristophanes.

Middle Comedy.

Menander and New Comedy.

5. Approaching Greek Drama.

6. Play Synopses.

A Note on Meter.

Glossary of Names and Terms.

Further Reading.

Index

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