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- Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
- Format: Paperback | 216 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 18mm | 299g
- Publication date: 1 September 1991
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0415062993
- ISBN 13: 9780415062992
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,331,500
Peter Arnott discusses Greek drama not as an antiquarian study but as a living art form. He removes the plays from the library and places them firmly in the theatre that gave them being. Invoking the practical realities of stagecraft, he illuminates the literary patterns of the plays, the performance disciplines, and the audience responses. Each component of the productions - audience, chorus, actors, costume, speech - is examined in the context of its own society and of theatre practice in general, with examples from other cultures. Professor Arnott places great emphasis on the practical staging of Greek plays, and how the buildings themselves imposed particular constraints on actors and writers alike. Above all, he sets out to make practical sense of the construction of Greek plays, and their organic relationship to their original setting.
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"Arnott answers many of the kinds of questions that novices ask on a first reading of Greek plays, and his answers are clear, plausible, and informed by the most current scholarship . . . The book is a model of clarity and insight."-"Religious Studies Review ." . . He brings to the texts a sense of vitality and immediacy that will delight and enlighten experts and novices alike . . . Its readability and the superior organization and presentation of the material make it an invaluable resource. . . . Highly recommended, indeed a must, for all libraries."-Choice