Theater Outside Athens
Author: Kathryn Bosher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This volume brings together archeologists, art historians, philologists, literary scholars, political scientists, and historians to articulate the ways in which western Greek theater was distinct from that of the Greek mainland and, at the same time, to investigate how the two traditions interacted. The chapters intersect and build on each other in their pursuit of a number of shared questions and themes: the place of theater in the cultural life of Sicilian and South Italian 'colonial cities;' theater as a method of cultural self-identification; shared mythological themes in performance texts and theatrical vase-painting; and the reflection and analysis of Sicilian and South Italian theater in the work of Athenian philosophers and playwrights. Together, the essays explore central problems in the study of western Greek theater. By gathering a number of different perspectives and methods, this volume offers the first wide-ranging examination of this hitherto neglected history.
Beyond the Fifth Century
Author: Ingo Gildenhard, Martin Revermann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Beyond the Fifth Century brings together 13 scholars from various disciplines (Classics, Ancient History, Mediaeval Studies) to explore interactions with Greek tragedy from the 4th century BC up to the Middle Ages. The volume breaks new ground in several ways: in its chronological scope, the various modes of reception considered, the pervasive interest in interactions between tragedy and society-at-large, and the fact that some studies are of a comparative nature.
Author: Ioanna Karamanou
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
This is the first full-scale commentary on Euripides’ Alexandros, which is one of the best preserved fragmentary tragedies. It yields insight into aspects of Euripidean style, ideology and dramatic technique (e.g. rhetoric, stagecraft and imagery) and addresses textual and philological matters, on the basis of a re-inspection of the papyrus fragments. This book offers a reconstruction of the play and an investigation of issues of characterization, staging, textual transmission and reception, not least because Alexandros has enjoyed a fascinating Nachleben in literary, dramaturgical and performative terms. It also contributes to the readers’ understanding of the trends of later Euripidean drama, especially the dramatist’s innovation and experimentation with plot-patterns and staging conventions. Furthermore, the analysis of Alexandros could stimulate a more comprehensive reading of the extant Trojan Women coming from the same production, which bears the features of a ‘connected trilogy’. Thus, the information retrieved through the interrogation of the rich fragmentary material serves to supplement and contextualize the extant tragic corpus, showcasing the vitality and multiformity of Euripidean drama as a whole.
A 2007 study of the mask in Greek tragedy, covering both ancient and modern performances.
Terence and Interpretation
Author: Sophia Papaioannou
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
PIERIDES IV, Series Editors: Sophia Papaioannou This volume examines interpretation as the original process of critical reception vis-a-vis Terence’s experimental comedies. The book, which consists of two parts, looks at Terence as both an agent and a subject of interpretation. The First Part (‘Terence as Interpreter’) examines Terence as an interpreter of earlier literary traditions, both Greek and Roman. The Second Part (‘Interpretations of Terence’) identifies and explores different expressions of the critical reception of Terence’s output. The papers in both sections illustrate the various expressions of originality and individual creative genius that the process of interpretation entails. The volume at hand is the first study to focus not only on the interpreter, but also on the continuity and evolution of the principles of interpretation. In this way, it directs the focus from Terence’s work to the meaning of Terence’s work in relation to his predecessors (the past literary tradition), his contemporaries (his literary antagonists, but also his audience), and posterity (his critical readers across the centuries).
This volume, dedicated to the Hellenistic terracotta from Maresha, is the second in a series of final reports on the Israel Antiquities Authority excavations at Maresha, directed by Prof. Amos Kloner. These large-scale excavations, held during the years 1989-2000, were conducted mainly in the Lower City of Maresha. Excavations of the surface areas and some of the subterranean complexes were undertaken mainly in the years 1989-1994, while the excavations from 1995 to 2000 concentrated mainly on some of the subterranean complexes. A few of the finds included in this volume were found in our surveys and earlier excavations during the 1980s, especially 1986 and 1987. As the excavations continued in several subterranean complexes between 2001 and 2008, the authors have also included some later finds.
La maschera e l'altro
Author: Maria Grazia Profeti
Publisher: Alinea Editrice
Author: Keith MacLennan, Walter Stockert
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
The Aulularia is a comedy by the early poet Plautus (about 200 BCE) whotransformed plays of Greek New Comedy, especially Menander, into typicalRoman plays. Great interest lies in the imaginative metre and the archaiclanguage of Plautus' work, whose 20 plays are the oldest substantial survivingdocuments in this language. This book focuses on the Aulularia, a brilliant pieceof writing, containing comic scenes of great variety and one character (the oldman Euclio), unmatched in surviving Latin drama for vivid presentation andeffective development. The play raises very interesting questions about therelation of Roman comedy to the Greek theatrical tradition which lies behind itand its unfinished state has provoked much discussion about how it could havebeen completed. The Aulularia has given inspiration to a host of works in laterEuropean literature from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, yet no new editionor commentary has been published in English since 1913. With an introduction that will be of interest to students of literature and classics,there is also a substantial chapter on the rich reception of the play in modernliterature as well as a chapter on the Greek original.