A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

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John Wiley & Sons, 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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Contents

1 Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama
1
2 Greek Tragedy
72
3 The SatyrPlay
156
4 Greek Comedy
169
5 Approaching Greek Drama
230
6 Play Synopses
241
A Note on Meter
290
Glossary of Names and Terms
293
Further Reading
296
Index
305
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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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