The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies

The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies

Hardback Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Edited by Peter Wilson


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 28mm | 744g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199277478
  • ISBN 13: 9780199277476
  • Illustrations note: 32 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,608,970

Product description

A collection of essays, by leading international scholars, on the history of the Greek theatre, and on the wider context of festival culture in which theatrical activity took place in the Greek world. The emphasis is on the documentary material - inscriptions, archaeological remains and monuments - which provides so much of our 'hard' evidence for the activities of the theatre. Much of the important material discussed here is unknown except to specialists, and these studies offer access to its interpretation to a wider audience. They cover a wide range of time and place, from the earliest days of the Greek theatre to the Roman period, with special emphasis on the neglected Hellenistic period, which is especially rich in documentary evidence.

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Author information

Peter Wilson is William Ritchie Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney.

Review quote

This collection, edited by Peter Wilson and developed from an Oxford colloquium held in 2003, takes a fresh look at the documentary evidence for the Greek theatre... Wilson and his contributors succeed in offering this detailed, thoughtful, and illuminating book, which should be essential reading for anyone seriously interested in studying the Greek theatre. Peter Meineck, Classical World ...impressively rich... Sheila Murnaghan, The Classical Review There is much of interest here for scholars in the world of Greek performance Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction: From the ground up ; I. FESTIVALS AND PERFORMERS: SOME NEW PERSPECTIVES ; 1. Deconstructing festivals ; 2. Theatre rituals ; 3. Artists' participation and the organization of music contests in the Hellenistic period: an attempt at classification ; II. FESTIVALS OF ATHENS AND ATTICA ; 4. The men who built the theatres: theatropolai, theatronai, and arkhitektones ; 5. Choregic monuments and the Athenian democracy ; 6. Performance in the Pythion: the Athenian Thargelia ; III. BEYOND ATHENS ; 7. Dithyramb, Tragedy - and Cyrene ; 8. A Horse from Teos: epigraphical notes on the Ionian-Hellespontine Association of Dionysiac Artists ; 9. Kraton, son of Zotichos: artists' associations and monarchic power in the Hellenistic period ; 10. Theoria and theatre at Samothrace: the Dardanos by Dumas of Iasos ; 11. The Dionysia at Iasos: its artists, patrons, and audience ; 12. An opisthographic lead tablet from Sicily with a financial document and a curse concerning choregoi ; 13. Sicilian choruses