Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 15, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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Actors and Icons of the Ancient Theater examines actors andtheir popular reception from the origins of theater in ClassicalGreece to the Roman Empire
  • Presents a highly original viewpoint into several new andcontested fields of study
  • Offers the first systematic survey of evidence for the spreadof theater outside Athens and the impact of the expansion oftheater upon actors and dramatic literature
  • Addresses a study of the privatization of theater and revealshow it was driven by political interests
  • Challenges preconceived notions about theater history
 

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Contents

List of abbreviations
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1 A Portrait of the Artist I TheaterRealistic Art in Athens 500330 bc
1
2 A Portrait of the Artist II TheaterRealistic Art in the Greek West 400300 bc
38
3 The Spread of Theater and the Rise of the Actor
83
4 Kallippides on the Floor Sweepings The Limits of Realism in Classical Acting
117
5 Cooking with Menander Slices from the Ancient Home Entertainment Industry?
140
6 The Politics of Privatization A Short History of the Privatization of Drama from Classical Athens to Early Imperial Rome
168
Bibliography
205
Index
227
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Eric Csapo is Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney, Australia. An expert in ancient drama and in the material, social and economic history of the ancient theatre, Csapo is the author of Theories of Mythology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and co-editor of Context of Ancient Drama (with W. J. Slater, 1995) and The Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Elsewhere: From Ritual to Drama (with M. Miller, 2006).

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