Greek Drama and Dramatists

Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134509855

Category: History

Page: 208

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The history of European drama began at the festivals of Dionysus in ancient Athens, where tragedy, satyr-drama and comedy were performed. Understanding this background is vital for students of classical, literary and theatrical subjects, and Alan H. Sommerstein's accessible study is the ideal introduction. The book begins by looking at the social and theatrical contexts and different characteristics of the three genres of ancient Greek drama. It then examines the five main dramatists whose works survive - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander - discussing their styles, techniques and ideas, and giving short synopses of all their extant plays. Additional helpful features include succinct coverage of almost sixty other authors, a chronology of significant people and events, and an anthology of translated texts, all of which have been previously inaccessible to students. An up-to-date study bibliography of further reading concludes the volume. Clear, concise and comprehensive, and written by an acknowledged expert in the field, Greek Drama and Dramatists will be a valuable orientation text at both sixth form and undergraduate level.
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Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Author: Kenneth McLeish,Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149869

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

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A new and definitive guide to the theatre of the ancient world The Guide to Greek Theatre and Drama is a meticulously researched and accessible survey into the place and purpose of theatre in Ancient Greece. It provides a comprehensive author-by-author examination of the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, as well as giving an insight into how and where the plays were performed, who acted them out, and who watched them. It includes a fascinating discussion of the function of the essential characteristics of Greek drama, including verse, rhetoric, music, comedy, and chorus. Above all it offers a fascinating viewpoint onto the everyday values of the ancient Greeks; values with a continuing influence over the theatre of the present day.
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Rebel Women

Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today

Author: Stephen Wilmer,John Dillon

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408150174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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A collection of essays by many distinguished contributors, focused on the portrayal of rebel women in ancient Greek drama Ancient Greek drama provides the modern stage with a host of powerful female characters who stand in opposition to the patriarchal structures that seek to limit and define them. For contemporary theatre directors their representation serves as a vehicle for examining and illuminating issues of gender, power, family and morality, as germane today as when the plays were first written. Rebel Women brings together essays by leading writers from across different disciplines examining the representation of ancient Greek heroines in their original contexts and on today's stage. Divided into three sections, it considers in turn international productions, Irish versions, and studies of the original texts. The articles explore how such characters as Iphigenia, Medea, Antigone and Clytemnestra have been portrayed in recent times and the challenges and provocation they offer to both contemporary audiences and dramatists alike. 'Seamus Heaney and Athol Fugard are brought together as contributors by the inspiration that ancient Greek tragedy has offered to them both. There are offerings here on Iphigenia, Medea, Antigone, Clytemnestra, film, drama, Greece, Russia ... and especially Ireland. Amidst all this variety, the level of interest and of scholarship are consistently high.' Oliver Taplin, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University
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The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, 3 Volume Set

Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781118605042

Category: Drama

Page: 1184

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Available online or as a 3-volume print set, The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy is a comprehensive and accessible reference covering all of Greek comedy and its reception from antiquity to the present. Features the work of nearly 200 established and rising scholars from around the world Contains more than 1300 entries, organized in A-Z format, with helpful cross-references and an index of authors and plays Provides extensive and detailed coverage of the work of those dramatists who have no complete plays extant Explores a wide range of topics, including the varieties and phases of the genre; the authors and their major plays; composition and technique; the relationship between comedy and society; the preservation and transmission of comic texts; responses to Greek comedy by artists from Plato to Picasso and beyond; and modern methods of literary analysis and criticism
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Frogs

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 299

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Aristophanes' Frogs was produced in 405BC, shortly after the deaths of two great veteran Athenian tragic dramatists Euripides and Sophocles; it was restaged a year later, a few weeks before a starving Athens at last accepted defeat in the long Peloponnesian War. Dionysus, the god of drama, wine and joyful celebration, goes down to the underworld to bring his favourite poet, Euripides, back from the dead, and surprises both himself and the audience by bringing back instead Aeschylus, who had died 50 years before, with the mission of saving both Athens and Tragedy from ruin. The contest for the throne of tragedy between Euripides and Aeschylus is the earliest sustained piece of literary criticism in the Western tradition. This edition combines an English translation of Frogs with an explanatory commentary; it also includes a constituted Greek text.
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Dramatists and Dramas

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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Presents a compilation of Bloom's introductions to the Modern critical views and Modern critical interpretations series of books, focusing on drama and dramatists.
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Amid Our Troubles

Irish Versions of Greek Tragedy

Author: Marianne McDonald,J. Michael Walton

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 289

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This collection of essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets and dramatists of the past and present have drawn on Greek myths, which have travelled across three thousand years, to bring new insights on the world in which we now live. Amid Our Troubles examines the work of such writers as Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Brendan Kennelly, Frank McGuinness and W. B. Yeats, and includes new essays from, amongst others, Seamus Deane, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin.
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Ecclesiazusae

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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Ecclesiazusae, probably produced in 391BC, is at once a typically Aristophanic fantasy of gender inversion, obscenity and farce, a surviving work in the western Utopian tradition, and the source of a blueprint for a communist society on which Plato may have drawn for his Republic.
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