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A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater: Revised Edition (edition 2007)

by Graham Ley

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Title:A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater: Revised Edition
Authors:Graham Ley
Info:University Of Chicago Press (2007), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 116 pages
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Classical World describes this book as "a very useful summary of what is known with certainty or with probability."
'Summary' is the wrong word. It is so brief you hardly notice you have read it. It deals with the subject matter in such a superficial and simplistic manner that any child under the age of ten could understand it! I can honestly say that I did not learn anything new from this book - I cannot work out the target audience - certainly not anyone with a modicum of knowledge of Classical Studies! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226477606, Paperback)

Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, have created a new audience for ancient Greek drama. This volume fills the need for a clear, concise statement of what is known about the original conditions of production for tragedy, comedy, and satyr play in the age of Pericles and provides observations on all aspects of performance.

Reexamining the surviving plays of the tragic writers Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and of the comedian Aristophanes, Graham Ley discusses the actor's technique, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in the plays. A series of diagrams relates the theater to the city and political life of ancient Athens, and photographic illustrations of scenes from Greek vases document the visualization of theatrical performance.

An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies (University of Chicago Press), Ley's work is a valuable user's guide to the critical assessment of modern translations and adaptations of tragedy and comedy. It is designed for all students of Greek drama with an interest in performance, and for theatrical practitioners who require a concise but informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama.


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