Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun by Edith Hall

Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun

byEdith Hall

Hardcover | February 21, 2010

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This is an invaluable introduction to ancient Greek tragedy which discusses every surviving play in detail and provides all the background information necessary for understanding the context and content of the plays. Edith Hall argues that the essential feature of the genre is that it alwaysdepicts terrible human suffering and death, but in a way that invites philosophical enquiry into their causes and effects, This enquiry was played out in the bright sunlight of open-air theatre, which became a key marker of the boundary between living and dead. The first half of the book is dividedinto four chapters which address the social and physical contexts in which the plays were performed, the contribution of the poets, actors, funders, and audiences, the poetic composition of the texts, their performance conventions, main themes, and focus on religion, politics, and the family. Thesecond half consists of individual essays on each of the surviving thirty-three plays by the Greek tragedians, and an account of the recent performance of Greek tragic theatre and tragic fragments. An up-to-date 'Suggestions for further reading' is included.

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After holding posts at the universities of Cambridge, Reading, Oxford, and Durham, Edith Hall took up a Research Chair in Classics and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2006, where she directs the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director, with Oliver Taplin, of the Archive of ...
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Title:Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the SunFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199232512

ISBN - 13:9780199232512

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Greek Tragedy?1. Play Makers2. Community Identities3. Confrontations4. Minds5. Aeschylean Drama6. Euripidean Drama7. Sophoclean DramaPostscript: Greek Tragedy and Greek Tragic Fragments Today

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"[of The Theatrical Cast of Athens] For teachers, students and scholars working in this field it is simply indispensable." --James Morwood, The Journal of Classics Teaching