A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Drama - 336 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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    About the author (2008)

    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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