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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