Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy

Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy

by Simon Goldhill
     
 

These new and specially commissioned essays discuss the ways in which performance is central to the practice and ideology of democracy in classical Athens. From theatre to law-court to gymnasium to symposium, performance is a basic part of Athenian society; how do these different areas interrelate and inform the politics and culture of the democratic city? Drama,… See more details below

Overview

These new and specially commissioned essays discuss the ways in which performance is central to the practice and ideology of democracy in classical Athens. From theatre to law-court to gymnasium to symposium, performance is a basic part of Athenian society; how do these different areas interrelate and inform the politics and culture of the democratic city? Drama, rhetoric, philosophy, literature and art are all discussed by leading scholars in this interdisciplinary volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604314
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
1Programme notes1
IThe performance of drama
2Spreading the word through performance33
3The aulos in Athens58
4Actor's song in tragedy96
IIThe drama of performance
5Performative aspects of the choral voice in Greek tragedy: civic identity in performance125
6Actors and voices: reading between the lines in Aeschines and Demosthenes154
7Aristophanes: the performance of utopia in the Ecclesiazousae167
IIIRhetoric and performance
8The rhetoric of anti-rhetoric in Athenian oratory201
9Reading Homer from the rostrum: poems and laws in Aeschines' Against Timarchus231
10Plato and the performance of dialogue257
IVRitual and state: visuality and the performance of citizenship
11Processional performance and the democratic polis293
12The spectacular and the obscure in Athenian religion321
13Inscribing performance341
14Publicity and performance: kalos inscriptions in Attic vase-painting359
List of works cited374
Index410

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