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This newly updated second edition features wide-ranging, systematically organized scholarship in a concise introduction to ancient Greek drama, which flourished from the sixth to third century BC.
- Covers all three genres of ancient Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr-drama
- Surveys the extant work of Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and includes entries on ‘lost’ playwrights
- Examines contextual issues such as the origins of dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals and the theater; drama’s relationship with the worship of Dionysos; political dimensions of drama; and how to read and watch Greek drama
- Includes single-page synopses of every surviving ancient Greek play
Ian C. Storey is Emeritus Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Trent University, Canada. The author of Eupolis: Poet of Old Comedy (2003), Euripides’ Suppliant Women (2008), and The Fragments of Old Comedy (2011), he has published numerous papers on Euripides, Old Comedy, and the fiction of C. S. Lewis.
Arlene Allan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics at Otago University, New Zealand, where she teaches ancient Greek literature and mythology, as well as ancient Greek and Latin.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Maps & Plans
Abbreviations and Signs
1 Aspects Of Ancient Greek Drama
The Dramatic Festivals
The Theatrical Space
Drama, Dionysos and the Polis
2 Greek Tragedy
On the Nature of Greek Tragedy
The Other Tragedians
3 The Satyr-Drama
4 Greek Comedy
The Generations of Old Comedy
Greek Comedy and the Phlyax-vases
Menander and New Comedy
5 Approaching Greek Drama
6 Play Synopses
Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes
Aeschylus’ Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe)
Aeschylus’ Eumenides (Furies)
Sophokles’ Trachinian Women
Sophokles’ Oedipus Tyrannos
Sophokles’ Oedipus at Kolonos
Euripides’ Children of Herakles
Euripides’ Suppliant Women
Euripides’ Trojan Women
Euripides’ Iphigeneia among the Taurians
Euripides’ Phoenician Women
Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis
Aristophanes’ Women at the Thesmophoria
Menander’s The Grouch
Menander’s Samian Woman
A Note on Meter
Glossary of Names and Terms