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.

Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Author: Kenneth McLeish,Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149869

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

View: 7250


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.

The Persians and Other Plays

The Persians / Prometheus Bound / Seven Against Thebes / The Suppliants

Author: Aeschylus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141955899

Category: Drama

Page: 304

View: 8836


Aeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the final defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, through the eyes of the Persian court of King Xerxes, becoming a tragic lesson in tyranny. In Prometheus Bound, the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus, while The Suppliants relates the pursuit of the fifty daughters of Danaus by the fifty sons of Aegyptus, and their final rescue by a heroic king.

Dramatists and Dramas

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

View: 5319


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

Rebel Women

Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today

Author: John M. Dillon,S. E. Wilmer

Publisher: Methuen Publishing


Category: Characters and characteristics in literature

Page: 272

View: 1075


A collection of essays by many distinguished contributors, focused on the portrayal of rebel women in ancient Greek drama AncientGreek drama provides the modern stage with a host of powerful femalecharacters who stand in opposition to the patriarchal structures thatseek to limit and define them. For contemporary theatre directors theirrepresentation serves as a vehicle for examining and illuminatingissues of gender, power, family and morality, as germane today as whenthe plays were first written. Rebel Women brings togetheressays by leading writers from across different disciplines examiningthe representation of ancient Greek heroines in their original contextsand on today's stage. Divided into three sections, it considers in turninternational productions, Irish versions, and studies of the originaltexts. The articles explore how such characters as Iphigenia, Medea,Antigone and Clytemnestra have been portrayed in recent times and thechallenges and provocation they offer to both contemporary audiencesand dramatists alike. 'Seamus Heaney and Athol Fugard are broughttogether as contributors by the inspiration that ancient Greek tragedyhas offered to them both. There are offerings here on Iphigenia, Medea,Antigone, Clytemnestra, film, drama, Greece, Russia … and especiallyIreland. Amidst all this variety, the level of interest and ofscholarship are consistently high.' Oliver Taplin, Professor ofClassical Languages and Literature, Oxford University

Aeschylus: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199802739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 38

View: 2048


This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of the ancient world find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In classics, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is just one of many articles from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics, a continuously updated and growing online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through the scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of classics. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit

Oedipus Rex

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114702

Category: Electronic books

Page: 119

View: 1177


Written by Sophocles around 425 BCE, "Oedipus Rex" is a classic Greek tragedy that depicts the struggle between man and fate. Oedipus' story forms the foundation for the symbolic conflict between sons and fathers, a theme that has lost none of its dramatic punch in the ensuing centuries. The meticulous scholarship presented in this new "Bloom's Guides" title offers its readers fresh insight into this time-honored classic.

Plays of the Greek Dramatists

Selections from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes

Author: Arthur Zieger

Publisher: Biblo & Tannen Publishers

ISBN: 9780819627940


Page: 360

View: 5496


Presents English translations of eleven plays by Greek dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, including "Agamemnon," "Antigone," "The Cyclops," and "The Clouds."

Greek Tragedy and Political Theory

Author: J. Peter Euben

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520055841

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 4466


00 In this collection of ten essays, contemporary politics and political theory are juxtaposed with the themes, form, and institutional place of Greek tragedy. In this collection of ten essays, contemporary politics and political theory are juxtaposed with the themes, form, and institutional place of Greek tragedy.