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This Blackwell Guide provides a broad-ranging introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished principally in Athens from the sixth to the third century bc. All three genres of Greek drama are discussed - tragedy, comedy, and satyr play - as well as the five surviving playwrights - Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, together with brief entries on lost playwrights. The Guide also addresses contextual issues, such as: the origins of the dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals, the theater, and the performers; the relationship between drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political dimension; and how to read and watch Greek drama. The final section consists of 46 one-page synopses of each of the surviving plays.
Contents: List of Figures List of Maps and PlansPrefaceAbbreviations1. Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama Drama The Dramatic Festivals Dionysos and Drama The Theatrical Space Conventions of the Performance Drama and the Polis2. Greek Tragedy Tragedy Aeschylus Sophokles Euripides The Other Tragedians3. The Satyr-Play4. Greek Comedy Origins Old Comedy and Aristophanes The Generations of Old Comedy Aristophanes Middle Comedy Menander and New Comedy5. Approaching Greek Drama6. Play Synopses Further Reading Index.