A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater available in Paperback
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- University of Chicago Press
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 fills their need for 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 here discusses acting technique, scenery, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in their plays. In addition to photos of scenes from Greek vases that document theatrical performance, this new edition 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 a concise and informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama.
"Anyone faced with Athenian tragedy or comedy for the first time, in or out of the classroom, would do well to start with A Short Introduction to Ancient Greek Theater."—Didaskalia
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About 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.
Table of Contents
List of Plans and Illustrations / vii
Preface / ix
Preface to the Revised Edition / ix
Acknowledgments / xi
Introduction / 1
The Organization of the Festivals
Lesser Dramatic Performances at Athens
Masks, Costume, and Properties
Reading Texts as Scripts
The Playing Space
Distance and Physical Action
Choral Song and Choral Action
Translation and Adaptation
Appendix: Chronology of the Surviving Plays
Commentary on the Plates
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Classical World describes this book as "a very useful summary of what is known with certainty or with probability." 'Summary' is the wrong word. It is so brief you hardly notice you have read it. It deals with the subject matter in such a superficial and simplistic manner that any child under the age of ten could understand it! I can honestly say that I did not learn anything new from this book - I cannot work out the target audience - certainly not anyone with a modicum of knowledge of Classical Studies!