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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

Ian C. Storey and Arlene Allan, A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama
Blackwell Publishers | ISBN 1405102152 | 2005 | PDF | 3.10 MB | 325 pages

This Blackwell Guide provides a broad-ranging introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished principally in Athens from the sixth to the third century bc. All three genres of Greek drama are discussed ndash; tragedy, comedy, and satyr play ndash; as well as the five surviving playwrights ndash; Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, together with brief entries on lost playwrights. The Guide also addresses contextual issues, such as: the origins of the dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals, the theater, and the performers; the relationship between drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political dimension; and how to read and watch Greek drama. The final section consists of 46 one-page synopses of each of the surviving plays.

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