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The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy

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Paul Cartledge, P. E. Easterling, Simon Goldhill, Oliver Taplin, Edith Hall, Peter Burian, Fiona MacIntosh
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  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423519

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  • This book presents ancient Greek tragedy in the context of late-twentieth-century reading, criticism and performance. The twelve chapters, written by seven distinguished scholars, cover tragedy as an institution in the civic life of ancient Athens, a range of approaches to the surviving plays, and changing patterns of reception, adaptation and performance from antiquity to the present.

    • All essays newly commissioned for this Companion
    • The contributors include five of the most widely known and respected scholars in the field
    • New approach to the subject - fresh readings of familiar texts
    • Chapters on modern performance and adaptation, including opera and film
    • Considers the role of tragedy in society
    • Pat Easterling is the editor of the Greek and Latin Classics series
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "No dry handbook purveying conventional wisdom with an air of authority, this volume is the product of a group of scholars doing some of the most exciting work on Greek tragedy. They contribute essays on such subjects as the civic context of Athenian theater, Dionysus, the composition of the audience, pictorial representations of tragedy, the sociology of tragedy (gender, class), tragic language, and the construction of the plot, concluding with chapters on modern adaptations and performances and recent critical approaches. One may consult the volume on particular topics or read it cover to cover: the essays are lively and the treatments thorough without suppressing individual styles and views....Highly recommended for all classics collections." D. Konstan, Choice

    "It is not merely ironic, but a welcome sign of growing theoretical sophistication among classicists, that the book should demonstrate so convincingly the benefits - indeed, the necessity - of studying Greek tragedy from more than merely literary perspectives. The general quality of the essays is remarkably high: they address topics of central interest with both methodological awareness and (where appropriate) command of relevant textual detail. In sum, I believe that serious students of Greek tragedy will find this to be a boon Companion indeed, and will return to their primary texts with excitement and gratitude for a heightened appreciation of tragedy's complex cultural significance." Southern Humanities Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423519
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Plan of the city of Athens
    Part I. Tragedy as an Institution: The Historical Context:
    1. 'Deep plays': theatre as process in Greek civic life Paul Cartledge
    2. A show for Dionysus P. E. Easterling
    3. The audience of Athenian tragedy Simon Goldhill
    4. The pictorial record Oliver Taplin
    Part II. The Plays:
    5. The sociology of Athenian tragedy Edith Hall
    6. The language of tragedy: rhetoric and communication Simon Goldhill
    7. Form and performance P. E. Easterling
    8. Myth into mythos: the shaping of tragic plots Peter Burian
    Part III. Reception:
    9. From repertoire to canon P. E. Easterling
    10. Tragedy adapted for stages and screens: the Renaissance to the present Peter Burian
    11. Tragedy in performance: nineteenth- and twentieth-century productions Fiona Macintosh
    12. Modern critical approaches Simon Goldhill
    Texts, commentaries and translations
    Works cited

  • Editor

    P. E. Easterling, University of Cambridge


    Paul Cartledge, P. E. Easterling, Simon Goldhill, Oliver Taplin, Edith Hall, Peter Burian, Fiona MacIntosh

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