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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Choruses, Ancient and Modern
Author(s):

Joshua Billings

Felix Budelmann

Fiona Macintosh

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.003.0001

The editors’ introduction introduces the volume from different perspectives and for different kinds of readers. In particular it emphasizes: the discrepancy between the prominent socio-cultural roles of choruses in Greek antiquity and the relatively marginal status of choruses in modernity, as well as the consequences of this discrepancy; the benefits, not least for classicists, of defamiliarizing the chorus by studying choral phenomena from different periods; the influence of German Idealism on subsequent thinking about the chorus; and the recent revival of interest in choruses among theatre practitioners and theorists as well as classicists. The introduction ends by setting out the structure of the volume, and briefly indicating the content of the chapters.

Keywords:   chorus, German Idealism, history of classical scholarship, theatre history, history of ideas, chorality

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