The Stagecraft of Aeschylus: The Dramatic Use of Exits and Entrances in Greek Tragedy

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byOliver Taplin

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The visual effect of the staging of Aeschylus' plays was an essential part of their impact. And yet all that survives today are the scripts. Imagination, helped by anachronistic sources, has played the chief role for those dealing with the dramaturgy of Aeschylus' works, and the result hasusually been stages crowded with extras and equipment.In this book, the author approaches the subject from a completely different angle. He clears the stage and looks for clues of Aeschylus' stagecraft in the texts of the plays themselves. He concentrates his study in an analysis of the exits and entrances in Aeschylus' works with constant reference tothe practice of Sophocles and Euripides as well. His arguments and conclusions are fascinating and thought-provoking, and make the book indispensable for anyone interested in ancient Greek drama and its staging.

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The visual effect of the staging of Aeschylus' plays was an essential part of their impact. And yet all that survives today are the scripts. Imagination, helped by anachronistic sources, has played the chief role for those dealing with the dramaturgy of Aeschylus' works, and the result hasusually been stages crowded with extras and equ...

Oliver Taplin is at Magdalen College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:518 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198144865

ISBN - 13:9780198144861

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'This substantial and original work of scholarship is essential for anyone who wants to gain a serious understanding of Greek tragedy in performance. It is the combination of the attempted reconstruction of the stage-action with sustained, perceptive reading of the plays in the light of thisreconstruction that gives this study its specific value.'Christopher Gill, University of Exeter, Theatre Research International Autmun '90