A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama
, Apr 15, 2008
- 336 pages
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.