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The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre


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Marianne McDonald, J. Michael Walton, Mark Griffith, Richard P. Martin, Fritz Graf, Jon Hesk, David Wiles, Gonda Van Steen, Sander Goldberg, Hugh Denard, Richard Green, Rush Rehm, Richard Beacham, Yana Zarifi, Greg McCart, Graham Ley
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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542340

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  • This series of essays by prominent academics and practitioners investigates in detail the history of performance in the classical Greek and Roman world. Beginning with the earliest examples of 'dramatic' presentation in the epic cycles and reaching through to the latter days of the Roman Empire and beyond, this 2007 Companion covers many aspects of these broad presentational societies. Dramatic performances that are text-based form only one part of cultures where presentation is a major element of all social and political life. Individual chapters range across a two thousand year timescale, and include specific chapters on acting traditions, masks, properties, playing places, festivals, religion and drama, comedy and society, and commodity, concluding with the dramatic legacy of myth and the modern media. The book addresses the needs of students of drama and classics, as well as anyone with an interest in the theatre's history and practice.

    • The chapters are written by classicists, theatre historians and practitioners, offering a range of perspectives
    • Places the ancient tragedies and comedies in context
    • Considers theatre as a far broader medium than simply dramatic literature
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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542340
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 161 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton
    Part I. Text in context:
    1. 'Telling the tale': a performing tradition from Homer to pantomime Mark Griffith
    2. Ancient theatre and performance culture Richard P. Martin
    3. Religion and drama Fritz Graf
    4. The socio-political dimension of ancient tragedy Jon Hesk
    5. Aristotle's Poetics and ancient dramatic theory David Wiles
    6. Politics and Aristophanes: watchword 'caution!' Gonda Van Steen
    7. Comedy and society from Menander to Terence Sander Goldberg
    8. Lost theatre and performance traditions in Greece and Italy Hugh Denard
    Part II. The nature of performance:
    9. Art and theatre in the ancient world Richard Green
    10. Festivals and audiences in Athens and Rome Rush Rehm
    11. Playing places: the temporary and the permanent Richard Beacham
    12. Chorus and dance in the ancient world Yana Zarifi
    13. Masks in Greek and Roman theatre Greg McCart
    14. A material world: costume, properties and scenic effects Graham Ley
    15. Commodity: asking the wrong questions J. Michael Walton
    16. The dramatic legacy of myth: Oedipus in opera, television and film Marianne McDonald.

  • Editors

    Marianne McDonald, University of California, San Diego
    Marianne McDonald is Professor of Theatre and Classics at the University of California, San Diego.

    Michael Walton, University of Hull
    J. Michael Walton is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Drama at Hull University.


    Marianne McDonald, J. Michael Walton, Mark Griffith, Richard P. Martin, Fritz Graf, Jon Hesk, David Wiles, Gonda Van Steen, Sander Goldberg, Hugh Denard, Richard Green, Rush Rehm, Richard Beacham, Yana Zarifi, Greg McCart, Graham Ley

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