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Theater and Society in Ancient Greece (Theatre et societe dans la Grece antique)



Original Language: French | 321 pp. | November 2011

2 Seas Represents: World Translation Rights.

Rights Sold: Greek (Patakis).


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.