A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama

Author(s): Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405102148

Online ISBN: 9780470776209

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776209

About this Book

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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