The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society

Hardcover | November 12, 2006

byEdith Hall

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In this pioneering study Edith Hall explores the numerous different ways in which we can understand the relationship between the real, social world in which the Athenians lived and the theatrical roles that they invented. In twelve studies of role types and the theatrical conventions thatcontributed to their creation - including women in childbirth, drowning barbarians, horny satyrs, allegorical representations of Comedy, peasant farmers, tragic masks, and solo sung arias - she advances the argument that the interface between ancient Greek drama and social reality must be understoodas a complicated and incessant process of mutual cross-pollination.

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In this pioneering study Edith Hall explores the numerous different ways in which we can understand the relationship between the real, social world in which the Athenians lived and the theatrical roles that they invented. In twelve studies of role types and the theatrical conventions thatcontributed to their creation - including women...

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Co-Director, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:November 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199298890

ISBN - 13:9780199298891

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Theatrical Roles of Athens3. Childbearing Women: Birth and Family Crisis in Ancient Drama4. Visible Women: Painted Masks and Tragic Aesthetics5. Horny Satyrs and Tragic Tetralogies6. Metapoetic Females in Old Comedy7. Recasting the Barbarian8. The Scythian Archer in Aristohanes' `Thesmophoriazusae'9. Drowning Act: The Greeks, Swimming, and Timotheus' `Persians'10. Singing Roles in Tragedy11. Casting the Role of Trygaeus in Aristophanes' `Peace'12. Lawcourt Dramas: Acting and Performance in Legal OratoryAfterword

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"Hall combines thorough scholarship with a lively and fresh style of writing that keeps the reader's interest. Highly recommended." --Choice