By Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan
This Blackwell consultant introduces old Greek drama, which flourished largely in Athens from the 6th century BC to the 3rd century BC.A broad-ranging and systematically organised advent to old Greek drama. Discusses all 3 genres of Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play. offers overviews of the 5 surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and short entries on misplaced playwrights. Covers contextual matters similar to: the origins of dramatic artwork kinds; the conventions of the gala's and the theatre; the connection among drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political size; and the way to learn and watch Greek drama. comprises forty six one-page synopses of every of the surviving performs.
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He is at times invoked by the chorus in their songs, but so too are other gods. The evidence for dramatic production in other cities shows that drama was not elsewhere restricted to the worship of Dionysos. The plays were part of the cult of Dionysos at Athens, but is the connection an intrinsic one? Masks are not restricted to his cult – we know that heads of Dionysos were carried on a pole at the Lenaia, but there is no hint that these were meant to be worn. When the satyrs in Aeschylus’ Spectators encounter life-like masks of themselves, they intend to put them up on the temple, not wear them.
Followers are promised happiness in the next life, by initiation and by behaving in an ethically proper fashion in this life. Scenes from the myths of Dionysos appear on Christian sarcophagi, and in the Byzantine period an anonymous writer put together a Christus Patiens (“The Suffering Christ”) by using extensive material from Bacchae, to the extent that we can restore part of the missing scene at the end of Bacchae from the Christus Patiens. ” So this was the god for whom drama was performed, who is shown in art as presiding over the festival, as on the Pronomos Vase (ca.
We do not know how choregoi and poets were matched. For the dithyrambs the choregos would come from the tribe whose men or boys were competing, but for drama we cannot say whether the choregos had any say in the assignment. Some good evidence for the Thargelia, where dithyrambs were performed, informs us that the choregos received his poet by lot, but this may just mean that the choregos won the lot and was able to choose first. In some cases there does seem to be a close relationship between dramatist and choregos.
A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature) by Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan