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Theatrical Reenactment in Pindar and Aeschylus

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  • Author: Anna Uhlig, University of California, Davis
  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481830

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  • What would Pindar and Aeschylus have talked about had they met at some point during their overlapping poetic careers? How do we map the space shared by these two fifth-century choral poets? In the first book-length comparative study of Pindar and Aeschylus in over six decades, Anna S. Uhlig pushes back against the prevailing tendency to privilege interpretive frames that highlight the differences in their works. Instead, she adopts a more inclusive category of choral performance, one in which both poets are shown to be grappling to understand how the vivid here and now of their compositions are in fact a reenactment of voices and bodies from elsewhere. Pairing close readings of the ancient texts with insights from modern performance studies, Uhlig offers a novel perspective on the 'song culture' of early fifth-century BC Greece.

    • The first comparison of Pindar and Aeschylus to emphasize their continuities, enabling a productive new perspective on these contemporary poets
    • Brings the complexity and sophistication of ancient performance and song more clearly into view through the lens of modern practice
    • Includes translations of all Greek
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481830
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 143 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Pindar and Aeschylus in dialogue
    1. Voices of others: embedded speech in Pindar and Aeschylus
    2. Anachronistic harmonies: Agamemnon parodos, Pythian 4
    3. Vocal tools: Pythian 12, Olympian 13, Seven Against Thebes
    4. Somatic semblances: Choephoroi, Olympian 8, Pythian 2
    5. Locating the revenant: Pythian 8, Persians.

  • Author

    Anna Uhlig, University of California, Davis
    Anna S. Uhlig is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of California, Davis, where she is also a member of the Graduate Group in Performance Studies. Her research focuses on the performance culture of Greek lyric and dramatic poetry in the archaic and classical periods. She has published on a wide range of topics related to ancient Greek song and is co-editor (with Richard Hunter) of Imagining Reperformance in Ancient Culture: Studies in the Traditions of Drama and Lyric (Cambridge, 2017).

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