Emphasizing the political nature of Greek tragedy, as theatre of, by and for the polis, Rush Rehm characterizes Athens as a performance culture; one in which the theatre stood alongside other public forums as a place to confront matters of import. In treating the various social, religious and practical aspects of tragic production, he shows how these elements promoted a vision of the theatre as integral to the life of the city - a theatre focussed on the audience.
'The dramatic qualities of the plays which Rehm has selected as examples are carefully brought out by someone who clearly has a feel for both theatre and language.' - Theatre Research International
`A first class introduction to Greek tragedy…this book makes excellent reading for anyone interested in Greek tragedy: essential for all those new to the subject, but immensely valuable to everyone for its vivid and continual reminders of the realities of production.' - Greece and Rome