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    DescriptionAncient Athens was unique in its politics, extraordinary in its religion and fanatic about its poetry. Yet the creativity of the society peaked in a time of prolonged, avoidable and catastrophic war; the brilliance of Greek tragedy blazed while the people who made it were bringing ruinous defeat upon themselves. This book describes the parallel lives of Athenian democracy and Athenian tragedy - how and why they concurrently arose, blossomed and died, shaped especially by a fatal Athenian penchant for war. The author, an actor visiting the Theater of Dionysos at Athens (where all the Greek tragedies premiered), considers what hints time has left us of the life and death of Greek tragedy and of the three tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) some few of whose plays survive. He demonstrates how drama emerged from a fusion of four unique elements in Greek culture: bardic poetry; open sporting competition; uncodified religion; and exploratory philosophy. With glimpses of the authors, backers, performers and audiences who collectively created this astounding body of work, the book imagines the evolution of the tragic genre from a practitioner's viewpoint.


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    Title
    In the Theatre of Dionysos
    Subtitle
    Democracy and Tragedy in Ancient Athens
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard C. Sewell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 205
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780786429936
    ISBN 10: 0786429933
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG, DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, PER011020
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 882.0109
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 792.09495
    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSBB
    Illustrations note
    bibliography, index
    Publisher
    McFarland & Co Inc
    Imprint name
    McFarland & Co Inc
    Publication date
    15 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Jefferson, NC