Theater and Society in Ancient Greece

Original title: Theatre et societe dans la Grece antique

Author: Moretti, Jean-Charles

Publication Date:

November 2011

Pages:

321

Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Genre

History

Theater and Society in Ancient Greece

Original title: Theatre et societe dans la Grece antique

Author: Moretti, Jean-Charles

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.
  • Rights Sold: Greek (Patakis).
 

HISTORY

Theater is probably the liveliest aspect of the Ancient Greek inheritance: the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and the comedies of Aristophanes have been produced and played throughout the centuries with the freedom which only great texts allow.

But what do we know about the theatrical practices of the Greeks? For what purpose were these masterpieces created? Who were the actors? What is an ancient production? How were the theatres designed? Who attended to the plays?

This book is an introduction for the public at large to the archeology of the Greek theater which is little known although abundantly documented: architectural remains, figurative representations of tragedies, poets and theatrical equipment, literary texts, inscriptions… From the dithyrambs and the Athenian choregies to the aquatic ballets of the Later Roman Empire, this tradition of the show surprises by its complexity: this book introduces us with a fascinating accuracy to a picturesque and even exotic reality.