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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, have created a new audience for ancient Greek drama. This volume fills the need for a clear, concise statement of what is known about the original conditions of production for tragedy, comedy, and satyr play in the age of Pericles and provides observations on all aspects of performance.

Reexamining the surviving plays of the tragic writers Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and of the comedian Aristophanes, Graham Ley discusses the actor's technique, the power and range of the chorus, the use of theatrical space, and parody in the plays. A series of diagrams relates the theater to the city and political life of ancient Athens, and photographic illustrations of scenes from Greek vases document the visualization of theatrical performance.

An ideal companion to The Complete Greek Tragedies (University of Chicago Press), Ley's work is a valuable user's guide to the critical assessment of modern translations and adaptations of tragedy and comedy. It is designed for all students of Greek drama with an interest in performance, and for theatrical practitioners who require a concise but informative introduction to one of the great periods of world drama.

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A guide to assessing modern translations and adaptations of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, for people involved in performance or production.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, have created a new audience for ancient Greek drama. This volume fills the need for a clear, concise statement of what is know about the original conditions of production for tragedy, comedy, and satyr play in the age of Pericles and provides observations on all aspects of performance.

About the Author

Graham Ley is professor emeritus of drama and theory at the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

List of Plans and Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Greek Drama

The Organization of the Festivals

The Writer

The Theater

Scenography

Masks, Costume, and Properties

Chorus

Actors

The Playing Space

The Audience

Delivery

Distance and Physical Action

Choral Song and Choral Action

Parody

Translation and Adaptation

Appendix—Chronology of the Surviving Plays

Glossary

Bibliography

Commentary on the Plates

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226477602
Author:
Ley, Graham
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19911008
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones, 7 line drawings
Pages:
118
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, have created a new audience for ancient Greek drama. This volume fills the need for a clear, concise statement of what is know about the original conditions of production for tragedy, comedy, and satyr play in the age of Pericles and provides observations on all aspects of performance.
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