Platonic Drama and its Ancient Reception
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- Author: Nikos G. Charalabopoulos, University of Patras, Greece
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Reconstructing the way Plato presented himself to his original audience as the creator of an alternative drama, Nikos Charalabopoulos explains the ‘paradox' of the dialogue form as an appropriation of the discourse of theatre, the dominant public mode of communication of the time. Reviewing artefacts ranging from a statue of Sokrates in the Academy from the fourth century BC to a mosaic of Sokrates in Mytilene from the fourth century AD, Charalabopoulos discusses a range of evidence pointing to a centuries-old tradition of treatment of the dialogues as performance literature, and reveals the significance of ‘Plato the prose dramatist' for his original and subsequent audiences.Read more
- Places both the dramatic and the philosophical readings of Plato in their original context
- Shows how ancient readers treated Plato not only as a philosopher but also as a prose playwright
- Presents for the first time a wide range of textual and archaeological evidence for the theatrical aspect of Plato
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- Date Published: June 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139334822
- contains: 5 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
1. Setting the stage
2. The metatheatre of dialogue
3. Performing Plato
4. Plato's theatre: the fragments
Appendix: an Academy inscription.
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