Greek Drama and Dramatists

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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

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Author: Kenneth McLeish,Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149869

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

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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.

Dramatists and Dramas

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Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

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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

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Author: Stephen Wilmer,John Dillon

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408150174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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A collection of essays by many distinguished contributors, focused on the portrayal of rebel women in ancient Greek drama Ancient Greek drama provides the modern stage with a host of powerful female characters who stand in opposition to the patriarchal structures that seek to limit and define them. For contemporary theatre directors their representation serves as a vehicle for examining and illuminating issues of gender, power, family and morality, as germane today as when the plays were first written. Rebel Women brings together essays by leading writers from across different disciplines examining the representation of ancient Greek heroines in their original contexts and on today's stage. Divided into three sections, it considers in turn international productions, Irish versions, and studies of the original texts. The articles explore how such characters as Iphigenia, Medea, Antigone and Clytemnestra have been portrayed in recent times and the challenges and provocation they offer to both contemporary audiences and dramatists alike. 'Seamus Heaney and Athol Fugard are brought together as contributors by the inspiration that ancient Greek tragedy has offered to them both. There are offerings here on Iphigenia, Medea, Antigone, Clytemnestra, film, drama, Greece, Russia ... and especially Ireland. Amidst all this variety, the level of interest and of scholarship are consistently high.' Oliver Taplin, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University

The Persians and Other Plays

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

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Author: Aeschylus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141955899

Category: Drama

Page: 304

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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.

Frogs

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Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1585106003

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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This is an English translation of Aristophanes' popular comedy in which the god Dionysus seeks to bring the great dramatist Euripides from Hades, where he encounters another great Classical playwright, Aeschylus. Includes background material on the historical and cultural context of this work, suggestions for further reading, and notes. The Focus Classical Library provides close translations with notes and essays to provide access to understanding Greek culture and the roots of contemporary thought.

Clouds

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Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 232

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Clouds is a partly revised version of a play that failed when it was first produced. It has always fascinated (and usually shocked) students of philosophy because of its portrayal of Socrates as an atheist and a teacher of dishonest rhetoric, justly punished by the agents of the gods whom he refuses to recognise. This third edition was published in 1991, and has been reprinted in 2007 with addenda and a new bibliography. [Greek text with facing-page translation, commentary and notes.]

Amid our troubles

Irish versions of Greek tragedy

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Author: Marianne McDonald,J. Michael Walton

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 289

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New essays on ancient Greek classics from Ireland's greatest living dramatists and academics That so many Irish playwrights should return to the Greek classics can not really be a surprise. Drama in Ireland is still a means of exploring the issues of family and state; of gender, class and race; of the oppressors and the oppressed. It is political in the broad sense in which the Greeks understood the word, involving everyone - immediate but concentrated through parallel and parable. This collection of provocative essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets and dramatists, of the past and present, have drawn on Greek myths and used these stories, which have travelled across three thousand years, to bring new insights on the world in which we now live. Including essays from, amongst others, Athol Fugard, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin Amid Our Troubles looks at the work of such writers as Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Brendan Kennelly, Frank McGuinness and W. B. Yeats.

Greek Tragedy

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Author: H. D. F. Kitto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317761456

Category: History

Page: 412

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This classic work not only records developments in the form and style of Greek drama, it also analyses the reasons for these changes. It provides illuminating answers to questions that have confronted generations of students, such as: * why did Aeschylus introduce the second actor? * why did Sophocles develop character drawing? * why are some of Euripides' plots so bad and others so good? Greek Tragedy is neither a history nor a handbook, but a penetrating work of criticism which all students of literature will find suggestive and stimulating.

Greek Drama

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Author: Harold Bloom,Pamela Loos

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114966

Category: Greek drama

Page: 391

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Analyzes the literary trends of the Italian renaissance period.

The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, 3 Volume Set

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Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781118605042

Category: Drama

Page: 1500

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Available online or as a 3-volume print set, The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy is a comprehensive and accessible reference covering all of Greek comedy and its reception from antiquity to the present. Features the work of nearly 200 established and rising scholars from around the world Contains more than 1300 entries, organized in A-Z format, with helpful cross-references and an index of authors and plays Provides extensive and detailed coverage of the work of those dramatists who have no complete plays extant Explores a wide range of topics, including the varieties and phases of the genre; the authors and their major plays; composition and technique; the relationship between comedy and society; the preservation and transmission of comic texts; responses to Greek comedy by artists from Plato to Picasso and beyond; and modern methods of literary analysis and criticism

The Tangled Ways of Zeus

And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

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Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 019161422X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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The Tangled Ways of Zeus is a collection of studies written over the last twenty years by the distinguished classicist Alan Sommerstein about various aspects of ancient Greek tragedy (and, in some cases, other related genres). It complements his recent collection of studies in Greek comedy, Talking about Laughter (OUP, 2009). Some of the essays have not been published previously, others have appeared in books or journals hard to find outside major academic libraries. Each chapter deals with its own topic, but between them they build up a multifaceted picture of the dramatists (especially Aeschylus and Sophocles), the genre, and its interactions with the society, culture, and religion of classical Athens.

Plays of the Greek Dramatists

Selections from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes

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Author: Arthur Zieger

Publisher: Biblo & Tannen Publishers

ISBN: 9780819627940

Category:

Page: 360

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

Aeschylus: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

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Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199802739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 38

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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 www.aboutobo.com.

Menander in Contexts

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Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135014647

Category: Drama

Page: 302

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The comedies of the Athenian dramatist Menander (c. 342-291 BC) and his contemporaries were the ultimate source of a Western tradition of light drama that has continued to the present day. Yet for over a millennium, Menander’s own plays were thought to have been completely lost. Thanks to a long and continuing series of papyrus discoveries, Menander has now been able to take his place among the major surviving ancient Greek dramatists alongside Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. In this book, sixteen contributors examine and explore the Menander we know today in light of the various literary, intellectual, and social contexts in which his plays can be viewed. Topics covered include: the society, culture, and politics of his generation; the intellectual currents of the period; the literary precursors who inspired Menander (or whom he expected his audiences to recall); and responses to Menander, from his own time to ours. As the first wide-ranging collective study of Menander in English, this book is essential reading for those interested in ancient comedy the world over.

Oedipus Rex

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Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114702

Category: Electronic books

Page: 119

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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.