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A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama (Blackwell Guides to by Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan

By Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan

This Blackwell consultant introduces historical Greek drama, which flourished largely in Athens from the 6th century BC to the 3rd century BC.A broad-ranging and systematically organised creation to old Greek drama. Discusses all 3 genres of Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play. presents overviews of the 5 surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and short entries on misplaced playwrights. Covers contextual matters akin to: the origins of dramatic artwork types; the conventions of the gala's and the theatre; the connection among drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political size; and the way to learn and watch Greek drama. comprises forty six one-page synopses of every of the surviving performs.

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I’ve never taken her to court or even had a word of private complaint to her. I just let her make her usual jokes that belong to the festival. For I know that no harm can come from a joke. At various places in the plays the gods and rituals of fifth-century Athens can be seen behind and beneath the texts, and one of the great issues of tragedy is the relationship between humans and gods. But Greek drama, like Greek myth in general, is more about human men and women.

In his Trojan Women of 415 Euripides seems to allow the preparations for the Armada against Sicily to intrude into his dramatization of the fall of Troy. Did Euripides’ chore- 22 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA gos share his hostility to aggressive war? How would a choregos from the nouveaux riches react to sponsoring a conservatively minded political comedy by Aristophanes or Eupolis? The dramatic presentations were competitions. ). We know also the ancient Greeks were an intensely competitive people, for whom the great cycles of competitions were major events in the life of that society.

One that springs quickly to mind is that a particular playwright could have the support of seven of the ten judges, but if the five unused votes were all for him, he would lose by three votes to two – assuming that the other three all voted for the same rival. How were ties broken? Suppose a particular tragic competition resulted in two votes for A, two votes for B, and one vote for C. Was the judge for C pressed to break the tie, or was the vote of a sixth judge employed? Results, one suspects, could have been controversial and perhaps even made an item on the agenda of the ekklesia that examined the conduct of the competition.

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