The Theatrical Roles of Athens
This chapter addresses the concept of the dramatic role in classical Greece from a series of perspectives: the author's, the actor's, the audience's, and that of the wider society beyond the immediate performance context. It argues that although there was no equivalent of the term ‘role’ in ancient Greek, in this absence lies a clue to the extraordinary strength of the conflation of the actor with his represented character at the time of performance, and to the deep cultural penetration of such important stage roles as Clytemnestra, Oedipus, or Pasiphae.
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