Theatre in Ancient Greek Society

Theatre in Ancient Greek Society


By (author) J.R. Green

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 18mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415143594
  • ISBN 13: 9780415143592
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 87 b&w photos, 24 line drawings, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 1,350,644

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In Theatre in Ancient Greek Society the author examines the social setting and function of ancient Greek theatre through the thousand years of its performance history. Instead of using written sources, which were intended only for a small, educated section of the population, he draws most of his evidence from a wide range of archaeological material - from cheap, mass-produced vases and figurines to elegant silverware produced for the dining tables of the wealthy. This is the first study examining the function and impact of the theatre in ancient Greek society by employing an archaeological approach.

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All theatrical performance exists within a context and through the role accorded it by its public. The theme of the book is the function and impact of the theatre in Greek society. It is not about the interpretation of Greek dramatic texts. Instead, Professor Green examines the depictions of actors found on pottery, terracottas, glass, paintings, mosaics, marble sculpture.... He offers interpretations of these images not simply as depictions of stage performance but in terms of their broader function. This evidence is compared and contrasted with that of the written sources which are limited in terms of the cross-section of the population they reflect and give a narrower view of social attitudes. Theatre in Ancient Greek Society is the first study of Greek drama to use this approach and is the product of the twenty years Professor Green has spent studying the archaeological evidence.

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations Figures 1. Introduction: Early Athenian theatre; setting and context 2. The Early Period and the Fifth Century: the visual evidence 3. The Late Fifth and the Fourth Centuries 4. Theatre at the Transition to the Hellenistic World 5. Theatre in the Hellenistic World 6. Conventions and the Classics: Greek theatre in the Roman world Notes Bibliography Index