Greek Satyr Play: Five Studies by Mark Griffith

Greek Satyr Play: Five Studies

byMark Griffith

Kobo ebook | August 30, 2015

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With a new introduction and some revisions, these reprinted essays on Classical Greek satyr plays suggest new critical approaches to this important dramatic genre. Griffith argues that satyr plays presented audiences with sophisticated, multilayered narratives of romance, escapist adventure, and musical-choreographic exuberance, amounting to a “parallel universe” to that of the accompanying tragedies in the City Dionysia festival. The class and status distinctions between heroic/divine characters and the rest (choruses, messengers, servants, etc.) that are so integral to Athenian tragedy are shown to be present also, in exaggerated form, in satyr drama, with the satyr chorus occupying a role that also inevitably recalled for the Athenian audiences their own (often foreign-born) slaves. The satyr plays’ stylistic fusion of adventure and romance, elegant sophistication and rustic naïveté, anticipates in many respects the later developments of Greek pastoral and prose romance.
Title:Greek Satyr Play: Five StudiesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 30, 2015Publisher:California Classical StudiesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193992605X

ISBN - 13:9781939926050

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