A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature 2nd Edition)

A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature 2nd Edition)

By: Arlene Allan (author), Ian C. Storey (author)Paperback

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This newly updated second edition features wide-ranging, systematically organized scholarship in a concise introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished from the sixth to third century BC. Covers all three genres of ancient Greek drama tragedy, comedy, and satyr-drama Surveys the extant work of Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and includes entries on lost playwrights Examines contextual issues such as the origins of dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals and the theater; drama s relationship with the worship of Dionysos; political dimensions of drama; and how to read and watch Greek drama Includes single-page synopses of every surviving ancient Greek play

About Author

Ian C. Storey is Emeritus Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Trent University, Canada. The author of Eupolis: Poet of Old Comedy (2003), Euripides Suppliant Women (2008), and The Fragments of Old Comedy (2011), he has published numerous papers on Euripides, Old Comedy, and the fiction of C. S. Lewis. Arlene Allan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics at Otago University, New Zealand, where she teaches ancient Greek literature and mythology, as well as ancient Greek and Latin.


Preface x List of Figures xii List of Maps xiii Abbreviations and Signs xiv 1 Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama 1 Drama 1 The Dramatic Festivals 14 Drama and Dionysos 24 The Theatrical Space 34 The Performance 46 Drama and the Polis 61 2 Greek Tragedy 72 On the Nature of Greek Tragedy 77 Aeschylus 93 Sophokles 111 Euripides 131 The Other Tragedians 151 3 The Satyr-Play 156 4 Greek Comedy 169 Origins 169 Old Comedy 173 The Generations of Old Comedy 195 Aristophanes 208 Middle Comedy 217 Menander and New Comedy 221 5 Approaching Greek Drama 230 Textual Criticism and Commentary 230 New Criticism 231 Structuralism 232 Myth and Version 233 Ritual and Drama 235 Psychoanalytic Approaches 236 Gender Studies 237 Performance Criticism 238 6 Play Synopses 241 Aeschylus Persians (Persae, Persai ) 243 Aeschylus Seven (Seven against Thebes) 244 Aeschylus Suppliants (Suppliant Women, Hiketides) 245 Aeschylus Oresteia 246 Aeschylus Agamemnon 247 Aeschylus Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe) 248 Aeschylus Eumenides (Furies) 249 Aeschylus Prometheus Bound (Prometheus Vinctus, Prometheus Desmotes) 250 Sophokles Ajax (Aias) 251 Sophokles Antigone 252 Sophokles Trachinian Women (Trachiniai, Women of Trachis) 253 Sophokles Oedipus Tyrannos (King Oedipus, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus the King) 254 Sophokles Elektra (Electra) 255 Sophokles Philoktetes (Philoctetes) 256 Sophokles Oedipus at Kolonos (Colonus) 257 Euripides Alkestis (Alcestis) 258 Euripides Medea 259 Euripides Children of Herakles (Heraclidae, Herakleidai ) 260 Euripides Hippolytos 261 Euripides Andromache 262 Euripides Hecuba (Hekabe) 263 Euripides Suppliant Women (Suppliants, Hiketides) 264 Euripides Elektra (Electra) 265 Euripides Herakles (Hercules Furens, The Madness of Herakles) 266 Euripides Trojan Women (Troades) 267 Euripides Iphigeneia among the Taurians (Iphigeneia in Tauris) 268 Euripides Ion 269 Euripides Helen 270 Euripides Phoenician Women (Phoinissai ) 271 Euripides Orestes 272 Euripides Iphigeneia at Aulis 273 Euripides Bacchae (Bacchants) 274 Euripides Cyclops 275 [Euripides ] Rhesos 276 Aristophanes Acharnians 277 Aristophanes Knights (Hippeis, Equites, Horsemen) 278 Aristophanes Wasps (Sphekes, Vespae) 279 Aristophanes Peace (Pax, Eirene) 280 Aristophanes Clouds (Nubes, Nephelai) 281 Aristophanes Birds (Ornithes, Aves) 282 Aristophanes Lysistrate 283 Aristophanes Women at the Thesmophoria (Thesmophoriazousai ) 284 Aristophanes Frogs (Ranae, Batrachoi ) 285 Aristophanes Assembly-Women (Ekklesiazousai ) 286 Aristophanes Wealth (Ploutos) 287 Menander s The Grouch (Old Cantankerous, Dyskolos) 288 Menander s Samian Woman (Samia) or Marriage-contract 289 A Note on Meter 290 Glossary of Names and Terms 293 Further Reading 296 Index 305

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  • ISBN13: 9781118455128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781118455128
  • weight: 532
  • ISBN10: 1118455126
  • edition: 2nd Edition

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