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The Theatrical Cast of Athens
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The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society

Edith Hall

Abstract

This study explores the numerous different ways in which we can understand the relationship between the real, social world in which the Athenians lived and the theatrical roles that they invented. In twelve studies of role types and the theatrical conventions that contributed to their creation — including women in childbirth, drowning barbarians, horny satyrs, allegorical representations of Comedy, peasant farmers, tragic masks, and solo sung arias — the argument is advanced that the interface between ancient Greek drama and social reality must be understood as a complicated and incessant proc ... More

Keywords: Athens, ancient Greek Drama, Athenians, theatrical roles, role types, theatrical conventions, women in childbirth, drowning barbarians, horny satyrs, allegorical representations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298891.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edith Hall, author
Professor of Classics and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Co-Director, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford
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