The Cambridge companion to Greek tragedy /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Easterling, P. E.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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No dry handbook purveying conventional wisdom with an air of authority, this volume is the product of a group of scholars doing some of the most exciting work on Greek tragedy. They contribute essays on such subjects as the civic context of Athenian theater, Dionysus, the composition of the audience, pictorial representations of tragedy, the sociology of tragedy (gender, class), tragic language, and the construction of the plot, concluding with chapters on modern adaptations and performances and recent critical approaches. One may consult the volume on particular topics or read it cover to cover: the essays are lively and the treatments thorough without suppressing individual styles and views. One of a kind, this book is best used alongside Eric Csapo and William Slater's The Context of Ancient Drama (1995), which collects ancient sources in translation. The Cambridge Companion does not offer resumes or interpretations of all the tragedies; for this, readers must consult individual editions and works of criticism, or surveys such as Bernhard Zimmermann's brief and readable Greek Tragedy (English tr., CH, Sep'91) or, for hardy souls, Albin Lesky's Greek Tragic Poetry (English tr., 1983). Highly recommended for all classics collections. D. Konstan; Brown University

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