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Author Winkler, John J, author

Title Nothing to Do with Dionysos? : Athenian Drama in Its Social Context
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1990


Description 1 online resource (438 pages)
Contents Cover Page -- Half-title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The Theater of the Polis -- The Ephebes' Song: Tragoidia and Polis -- Playing the Other: Theater, Theatricality, and the Feminine in Greek Drama -- The Great Dionysia and Civic Ideology -- Thebes: Theater of Self and Society in Athenian Drama -- Kreousa the Autochthon: A Study of Euripides' Ion -- An Anthropology of Euripides' Kyklops -- Why Satyrs Are Good to Represent -- Drama, Political Rhetoric, and the Discourse of Athenian Democracy
The Demos and the Comic Competition -- Drama and Community: Aristophanes and Some of His Rivals -- Making Space Speak -- The ""Interior"" Voice: On the Invention of Silent Reading -- The Idea of the Actor -- Notes on Contributors -- Index of Passages Discussed -- General Index
Summary "The more we learn about the original production of tragedies and comedies in Athens, the more it seems wrong even to call them plays in the modern sense of the word," write the editors in this collection of critically diverse and innovative essays aimed at restoring the social context of ancient Greek drama. Theatrical productions, which included music and dancing, were civic events in honour of the god Dionysos and were attended by a politically stratified community, whose delegates handled all details from the seating arrangements to the qualifications of choral competitors. The growing complexity of these performances may have provoked the Athenian saying "nothing to do with Dionysos", implying that theatre had lost its exclusive focus on its patron. This collection considers how individual plays and groups of dramas pertained to the concerns of the body politic and how these issues were presented in the conventions of the stage and as centrepieces of civic ceremonies. [Book jacket]
Notes Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
SUBJECT Dionysus (Greek deity)
Dionysus (Greek deity) fast (OCoLC)fst00894082
Dionysos (divinité grecque) -- Dans la littérature. ram
Subject Greek drama -- History and criticism
Theater -- Greece -- Athens -- History -- To 500
Social problems in literature.
Literature and society -- Greece -- Athens -- History -- To 1500
Greek drama -- Social aspects -- Greece -- Athens
Theater -- Greece -- Athens -- History
Social conditions.
Social problems in literature.
Literature and society.
Intellectual life.
Greek drama.
Griekse oudheid.
Sociale aspecten.
Théâtre -- Aspect social -- Grèce -- Antiquité.
Théâtre grec -- Thèmes, motifs.
SUBJECT Athens (Greece) -- Intellectual life
Athens (Greece) -- Social conditions
Athens (Greece) -- In literature
Subject Greece -- Athens.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Zeitlin, Froma I.
LC no. 89034974
ISBN 9780691215891