Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth, and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature

Hardcover | July 7, 2007

EditorChris Kraus, Simon Goldhill, Helene P. Foley

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Athenian tragedy of the fifth century BCE became an international and a canonical genre with remarkable rapidity. It is, therefore, a remarkable test case through which to explore how a genre becomes privileged and what the cultural effects of its continuing appropriation are. In thiscollection of essays by an international group of distinguished scholars the particular point of reference is the visual, that is, the myriad ways in which tragic texts are (re)interpreted, (re)appropriated, and (re)visualized through verbal and artistic description. Topics treated include theinteraction of comedy and dithyramb with tragedy; vase painting and tragedy; representations of Dionysus, of Tragoedia, and of Nike; Homer, Aeschylus, Philostratus, and Longus; choral lyric and ritual performance, choral victories, and the staging of choruses on the modern stage. The common focus ofall the essays is an engagement with and response to the unique scholarly voice of Froma Zeitlin.

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Athenian tragedy of the fifth century BCE became an international and a canonical genre with remarkable rapidity. It is, therefore, a remarkable test case through which to explore how a genre becomes privileged and what the cultural effects of its continuing appropriation are. In thiscollection of essays by an international group of di...

Chris Kraus is Professor of Classics at Yale University. Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at Cambridge University. Helene P. Foley is Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University. Jas Elsner is Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 7, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ruth Padel: The Red-Gold BorderI. Visualizing TragedyLaura Slatkin: Notes on Tragic Visualizing in the IliadLeslie Kurke: Visualizing the Choral: Epichoric Poetry, Ritual, and Elite Negotiation in Fifth-Century ThebesRichard Martin: Outer Limits, Choral SpaceII. Drama on DramaSimon Goldhill: What's in a Wall?Pietro Pucci: Euripides and Aristophanes: What Does Tragedy Teach?III. Drama and Visualization: The Images of Tragedy and MythFrancois Lissarrague: Looking at Shield Devices: Tragedy and Vase PaintingFrancoise Frontisi-Ducroux: The Invention of the ErinyesOliver Taplin: A New Pair of Pairs: Tragic Witnesses in Western Greek Vase-PaintingLuca Giuliani and Glenn W. Most: Medea in Eleusis, in PrincetonIV. Visualizing Drama: The Divinities of Tragedy and ComedyEdith Hall: Tragedy PersonifiedPeter Wilson: Nike's Cosmetics: Dramatic Victory, the End of Comedy, and BeyondJohn Henderson: Everything to do with Dionysus? (Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, inv. MM 1962:7/ABV 374 no. 197)V. The History of Tragic VisionEwen Bowie: Pulling the Other? Longus on TragedyJas Elsner: Philostratus Visualizes the Tragic: Some Ecphrastic and Pictorial Receptions of Greek Tragedy in the Roman EraHelene P. Foley: Envisioning the Tragic Chorus on the Modern StageV. CodaJean-Pierre Vernant: Rencontre avec FromaPierre Vidal-Naquet: Presence de Froma Zeitlin