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Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater
     

Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater

by Graham Ley
 

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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, continue to draw new audiences to ancient Greek drama. With observations on all aspects of performance, this volume provides a clear, concise account of what is known about the original conditions of such productions in the age of Pericles. Reexamining the surviving plays of Aeschylus,

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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, continue to draw new audiences to ancient Greek drama. With observations on all aspects of performance, this volume provides a clear, concise account of what is known about the original conditions of such productions in the age of Pericles. Reexamining the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, Graham Ley discusses the organization of the dramatic festivals, the work of the playwright, costume and properties, the power and range of the chorus, and the use of theatrical space in the performance of tragedy and comedy. This new edition also includes notes on ancient mime and puppetry and how to read Greek playtexts as scripts, as well as an updated bibliography. An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies, also published by the University of Chicago Press, Ley's work is an illuminating introduction to one of the great periods of world drama.

About the Author:
Graham Ley is professor of drama and theory at the University of Exeter

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A guide to assessing modern translations and adaptations of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, for people involved in performance or production. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226477602
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
103
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.33(d)

Meet the Author

Graham Ley is a reader in drama and theory at the University of Exeter. He has directed ancient and modern plays, has been a dramaturg for professional productions, and is the author of many specialist essays and books, including, most recently The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

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