The Attic Theatre: A Description of the Stage and Theatre of the Athenians, and of the Dramatic Performances at Athens

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Clarendon Press, 1889 - Athens (Greece) - 341 pages
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Page 24 - Verum ita risores, ita commendare dicaces Conveniet Satyros, ita vertere seria ludo, Ne quicumque deus, quicumque adhibebitur héros, Regali conspectus in auro nuper et ostro, Migret in obscuras humili sermone tabernas, Aut dum
Page v - MY purpose in this book has been to collect and piece together all the available information concerning the outward features and surroundings of the old Athenian dramatic performances ; in other words, to write a history of the Attic drama from the theatrical, as opposed to the literary, point of view. The subject is one which has been practically
Page 81 - But towards the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century the practice in these matters underwent a change. Poetry and stage-management began to be sharply discriminated from one another. A class of literary dramatic writers arose, such as Theodectes and Aphareus, who were quite as much rhetoricians as poets. They knew nothing about the details of training a chorus, or preparing a play for
Page 313 - The composition of the purely Athenian part of the audience is a subject upon which a great deal has been written, the principal difficulty being the question as to the admittance of boys and women to the dramatic performances. In the treatment of this matter scholars appear to have been unduly
Page 134 - In the centre is a large rhombus-shaped figure, bounded by two strips of marble. The interior of the figure is paved with small slabs of marble, also rhombus-shaped, and of different colours. In the middle of the figure is a block of Pentelic marble, 41 inches long, and 17^ inches broad. The centre of the block
Page 80 - dancers,' not only because of the prominent part which the chorus and the dancing filled in their plays, but also because they gave instruction in choric dancing. Aeschylus

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