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Tragedy in Athens

Tragedy in Athens
Performance Space and Theatrical Meaning

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  • Author: David Wiles, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521666152

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  • David Wiles explores the performance of tragedy as a spatial practice specific to Athenian culture, at once religious and political. After reviewing controversies and archaeological data regarding the fifth-century performance space, Wiles turns to the chorus and shows how dance mapped out the space for the purposes of any given play. He shows how performance as a whole was organized and, through informative diagrams and accessible analyses, brings the theater of Greek tragedy to life.

    • Examines Greek tragedy from the view point of staging and spatial relations and brings its theatre to a more general audience
    • Accessible diagrams and discussions of Greek theatre and performance
    • Suitable for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students as textbook
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Tightly argued and wide-ranging in its citation of modern scholarship and ancient evidence, Wiles's book never becomes indigestible; it should become required reading for serious students of Greek tragedy, including those who are reluctant to heed the author's challenge." W. W. de Grummond, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521666152
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The problem of space
    2. The theatre of Dionysus
    3. Focus on the centre point
    4. The mimetic action of the chorus
    5. The chorus: its transformation of space
    6. Left and right, east and west
    7. Inside/outside
    8. The vertical axis
    9. The iconography of sacred space
    10. Orchestra and theatron
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  • Author

    David Wiles, Royal Holloway, University of London

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