1st Edition

Theatre in Ancient Greek Society

By J. R. Green Copyright 1996
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    J. R. Green

    'This is throughout a learned and well-documented discussion.' - Keith Sidwell, Classics Ireland

    'Another important book on ancient drama in performance is J R Green's Theatre in Ancient Greek Society ... It is a book that all who interpret dramatic text should read ...' - Greece & Rome

    'Green's book deserves a wide audience, and anyone with an interest in theatre as cultural and social history would do well to consult this exemplary study.' - Theatre Research International