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

By Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan

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

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135. ) 18 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA But this may just be the conclusion of Eratosthenes, based on the didaskalia (“production records”), which may have shown Platon finishing fourth at a Dionysia of one year and then producing only at the Lenaia of the next year. In Acharnians (425) the main character declares that “this is the contest at the Lenaia, and we are by ourselves,” that is, only Athenians and resident foreigners (metoikoi) were present, while the Dionysia marked the reopening of travel by sea, the arrival of embassies, and the bringing of the tribute by the allies to Athens and would thus have had a more international audience.

A poet or director would need to have recompense for the time required to stage the production. Again this raises the question of the extent to which drama was “political” in that it was sponsored by the state. Drama and Dionysos “Religion” is probably not the best word to use when referring to the beliefs and worship of the ancient Greeks. To the modern ear the word conjures up organized systems of formal rituals and creeds, a hierarchy of officials (“hierarchy” means literally “rule of the sacred”), or the sort of entry one checks off (or not) on a census form.

It is usually assumed that comedy was reduced because of 16 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA Caves Thrasyllos monument THEATRON Orch. 4 Altar The theater of Dionysos in the classical period the economic impact of the War, but comedy was a controversial genre in the 430s and 420s – we know of one decree forbidding personal humor in comedy from 439 to 436, and of two personal attacks by Kleon on Aristophanes in 426 and 423. The reduction may have had as much to do with the now dangerously topical nature of comedy as with economic savings.

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