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Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Gonda Van Steen


Many studies have been written on the Greek Civil War's political causes, characteristics, and repercussions, but Greece's theater history of those years seems to have been largely forgotten. This is unfortunate because the events of those decades have shaped the native Greek stage as well as the revival stage ever since. The theatrical debate then mirrored the contemporary turmoil and brought forth new readings of the ancient plays. This book introduces the classical performances that were staged by the political prisoners on the prison islands of the Greek Civil War (late 1940s through 1950s ... More

Keywords: Greece, modern, political prisoners, ancient drama, Greek tragedy, reception, Greek Civil War, Cold War, censorship, Aris Alexandrou, Antigone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gonda Van Steen, author
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Florida