Greek Drama and Dramatists


Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134509855

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 1902

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


Author: Kenneth McLeish,Trevor R. Griffiths

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149869

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

View: 6467

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.

Rebel Women

Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today


Author: Stephen Wilmer,John Dillon

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408150174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

View: 2830

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

Dramatists and Dramas


Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 324

View: 8330

Presents a compilation of Bloom's introductions to the Modern critical views and Modern critical interpretations series of books, focusing on drama and dramatists.

The Persians and Other Plays

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


Author: Aeschylus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141955899

Category: Drama

Page: 304

View: 466

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.



Author: Aristophanes,Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Classical Texts

ISBN: 9780856686481

Category: Drama

Page: 299

View: 2616

Aristophanes' Frogs was produced in 405 BC, shortly after the deaths of the two great veteran Athenian tragic dramatists Euripides and Sophocles; it was restaged a year later, a few weeks before starving Athens at last accepted defeat in the long Peloponnesian War. Dionysus, the god of drama, wine and joyful celebration, goes down to the underworld to bring his favourite poet, Euripides, back from the dead, and surprises both himself and the audience by bringing back instead Aeschylus, who had died fifty years before, with the mission of saving both Athens and Tragedy from ruin. The contest for the throne of tragedy between Euripides and Aeschylus is the earliest sustained piece of literary criticism in the Western tradition. This edition is the first to combine a reliable English translation of Frogs with a full explanatory commentary; it also includes a freshly constituted Greek text.

Plays of the Greek Dramatists

Selections from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes


Author: Arthur Zieger

Publisher: Biblo & Tannen Publishers

ISBN: 9780819627940


Page: 360

View: 3297

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


Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199802739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 38

View: 7998

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

Oedipus Rex


Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114702

Category: Electronic books

Page: 119

View: 3187

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.

Greek Tragedy


Author: H.D.F. Kitto

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136806903

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 1004

H.D.F Kitto's acclaimed study of Greek tragedy, first published in 1936 is now available for the first time in Routledge Classics. This edition includes a new foreword by Edith Hall.

The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, 3 Volume Set


Author: Alan H. Sommerstein

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781118605042

Category: Drama

Page: 1184

View: 347

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



Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780856681776

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 7333

Knights was the first play to be produced by Aristophanes on his own behalf. In it, he launched a violent attack on Cleon, the leading politician of the day, on the whole style of leadership that he represented and on a system which seemed to guarantee that a bad leader could be displaced by a worse. This edition presents the Greek text with facing-page translation, introduction, commentary and notes.



Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama

Page: 232

View: 4208

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


Author: Marianne McDonald,J. Michael Walton

Publisher: Methuen Drama


Category: Drama

Page: 289

View: 8563

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 and Political Theory


Author: J. Peter Euben

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520055841

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 383

00 In this collection of ten essays, contemporary politics and political theory are juxtaposed with the themes, form, and institutional place of Greek tragedy. In this collection of ten essays, contemporary politics and political theory are juxtaposed with the themes, form, and institutional place of Greek tragedy.