A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

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Pearson Education, Jan 14, 2005 - Drama - 311 pages
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This Blackwell Guide introduces ancient Greek drama, which flourished principally in Athens from the sixth century BC to the third century BC.
  • A broad-ranging and systematically organised introduction to ancient Greek drama.
  • Discusses all three genres of Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play.
  • Provides overviews of the five surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and brief entries on lost playwrights.
  • Covers contextual issues such as: the origins of dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals and the theatre; the relationship between drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political dimension; and how to read and watch Greek drama.
  • Includes 46 one-page synopses of each of the surviving plays.
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    Contents

    Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama l
    1
    Thrasyllos Monument
    21
    Greek Tragedy
    72
    The SatyrPlay
    156
    B Left and right scenes
    158
    Greek Comedy
    169
    Old Comedy
    173
    The Generations of Old Comedy
    195
    Aristophanes
    208
    Menander and New Comedy
    221
    Ritual and Drama
    235
    Aeschylus LibationBearers Choephoroe
    248
    Euripides Hippolytos
    261
    A Note on Meter
    290
    Index
    305
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    About the author (2005)

    Ian C. Storey is Professor of Classics and Ancient History and Principal of Otonabee College, Trent University, Ontario. He is the author of Eupolis: Poet of Old Comedy (2003).


    Arlene Allan is Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Trent University, Ontario.

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