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3rd Edition

The Greek Sense of Theatre
Tragedy and Comedy

ISBN 9781138857339
Published May 27, 2015 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

In this updated and extended edition of The Greek Sense of Theatre, scholar and practitioner J.Michael Walton revises and expands his visual approach to the theatre of classical Athens. From the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides to the old and new comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, he argues that while Greek drama is seen now as a performance-based rather than a strictly literary medium, more attention should still be paid to the nature of stage image and masked acting as part of this conception.

Table of Contents



Part 1 The Athenians and their Theatre

1. The Critic

2. The Playgoers

3. The Stage

4. The Performers


Part II The Playmakers: Tragedy

5. Aeschylus

6. Sophocles

7. Euripides: the tragedies

8. Euripides: the comedies


Part III The Playmakers: Comedy

9. Old Comedy: Aristophanes

10. New Comedy: Menander



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J. Michael Walton is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull.


"In focusing on visual and aural elements, Walton offers those who approach drama primarily on the page a helpful corrective (...) Scholars will profit from the book (...) Summing Up: Recommended."

- S. E. Goins, McNeese State University in CHOICE