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Alan Hughes presents a new complete account of production methods in Greek comedy. The book summarizes contemporary research and disputes, on such topics as acting techniques, theater buildings, masks and costumes, music and the chorus. Evidence is re-interpreted and traditional doctrine overthrown. Comedy is presented as the pan-Hellenic, visual art of theater, not as Athenian literature. Recent discoveries in visual evidence are used to stimulate significant historical revisions. The author has directly examined 350 vase scenes of comedy in performance and actor-figurines, in 75 collections, from Melbourne to St Petersburg. Their testimony is applied to acting techniques and costumes, and women's participation in comedy and mime. The chapters are arranged by topic, for convenient reference by scholars and students of theater history, literature, classics and drama. Overall, the book provides a fresh practical insight into this continually developing subject.Read more
- Based on up-to-date, contemporary research in the archaeology of Greek comedy and theatre, replacing previous outdated studies which overlook visual evidence
- Explores comedy as Greek theatrical performance rather than Athenian literature, providing new insights into acting methods, masks and the role of women
- Clearly organised by topic, the book does not require a knowledge of Greek and includes a helpful bibliography
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"This audience will appreciate the book as an indispensable survey, clear, sober, accurate, and well illustrated with numerous plates ..."
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"[Hughes'] experience, combined with a thorough bibliography and first-hand examination of 350 artefacts, results in a solid introduction to the performance of Greek comedy … all readers will find ample opportunities in the thorough notes and bibliography to delve more deeply into the questions and controversies of the subject."
Scott Farrington, Theatre Research International
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- Date Published: August 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107437364
- length: 328 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- contains: 65 b/w illus. 2 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Comedy in art, Athens and abroad
2. Poets of Old and Middle Comedy
4. The comic chorus
5. Music in comedy
6. Acting, from lyric to dual consciousness
7. Technique and style of acting comedy
8. The masks of comedy
9. Costumes of Old and Middle Comedy
10. Comedy and women
11. New Comedy
Catalogue of objects discussed: vases, terracottas, other media
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