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Greek Tragedy After the Fifth Century
A Survey from ca. 400 BC to ca. AD 400

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Antonis K. Petrides, Vayos Liapis, Theodoros K. Stephanopoulos, Almut Fries, Simon Hornblower, Pierluigi Lanfranchi, Brigitte Le Guen, Anne Duncan, Mark Griffith, Francis Dunn, David M. Carter, Ruth Webb, Johanna Hanink
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107038554

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  • Did Greek tragedy die along with Euripides? This accessible survey demonstrates that this is far from being the case. In it, thirteen eminent specialists offer, for the first time in English, broad coverage of a little-studied but essential part of the history of Greek tragedy. The book contains in-depth discussions of all available textual evidence (including inscriptions and papyri), but also provides historical perspectives on every aspect of the post-fifth-century history of tragedy. Oft-neglected plays, such as Rhesus, Alexandra, and Exagōgē (the only surviving Biblical tragedy), are studied alongside such topics as the expansion of Greek tragedy beyond Athens, theatre performance, music and dance, society and politics, as well as the reception of Greek tragedy in the Second Sophistic and in Late Antiquity, and the importance of ancient scholarship in the transmission of Greek tragic texts.

    • Offers a single-volume overview of the history of Greek tragedy after its perceived heyday in the fifth century BC, the first of its kind in English
    • The book is comprehensive in its treatment, including all available textual evidence and every aspect of the history of tragedy
    • Upsets the deep-seated view of Greek tragedy as a genre that, essentially, died with Euripides, and shows its continuing vitality in later times
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107038554
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Antonis K. Petrides
    Part I. Texts:
    1. Greek tragedy in the fourth century: the fragments Vayos Liapis and Theodoros K. Stephanopoulos
    2. The Rhesus Almut Fries
    3. Hellenistic tragedy and satyr-drama: Lycophron's Alexandra Simon Hornblower
    4. The Exagōgē of Ezekiel the tragedian Pierluigi Lanfranchi
    Part II. Contexts and Developments:
    5. Beyond Athens: the expansion of Greek tragedy from the fourth century onwards Brigitte Le Guen
    6. Theater performance after the fifth century Anne Duncan and Vayos Liapis
    7. Music and dance in tragedy after the fifth century Mark Griffith
    8. The fifth century and after: (dis)continuities in Greek tragedy Francis Dunn
    9. Society and politics in post-fifth century tragedy David M. Carter
    Part III. Transmission and Reception:
    10. Attitudes towards tragedy from the second sophistic to late antiquity Ruth Webb
    11. Scholars and scholarship on tragedy Johanna Hanink.

  • Editors

    Vayos Liapis, Open University of Cyprus
    Vayos Liapis is Professor of Ancient Theatre and its Reception at the Open University of Cyprus. His latest book is A Commentary on the 'Rhesus' Attributed to Euripides (2011). He is currently co-editing Adapting Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, forthcoming).

    Antonis K. Petrides, Open University of Cyprus
    Antonis K. Petrides is Associate Professor of Classics at the Open University of Cyprus. He is the author of Menander, New Comedy and the Visual (Cambridge, 2014) and the co-editor of New Perspectives on Postclassical Comedy (2010). He is currently preparing a new critical edition and commentary on Menander's Dyskolos.


    Antonis K. Petrides, Vayos Liapis, Theodoros K. Stephanopoulos, Almut Fries, Simon Hornblower, Pierluigi Lanfranchi, Brigitte Le Guen, Anne Duncan, Mark Griffith, Francis Dunn, David M. Carter, Ruth Webb, Johanna Hanink

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