A Guide to Ancient Greek Drama
January 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Maps and Plans.
1. Aspects of Ancient Greek Drama.
2. Greek Tragedy.
3. The Satyr-Play.
4. Greek Comedy.
5. Approaching Greek Drama.
6. Play Synopses.
Arlene Allan is Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, Trent University, Ontario.
- A broad-ranging and systematically organised introduction to ancient Greek drama.
- Discusses all three genres of Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play.
- Provides overviews of the five surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and brief entries on lost playwrights.
- Covers contextual issues such as: the origins of dramatic art forms; the conventions of the festivals and the theatre; the relationship between drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political dimension; and how to read and watch Greek drama.
- Includes 46 one-page synopses of each of the surviving plays.
“This thoughtfully designed guide not only provides background, play summaries, critical analysis, and bibliography, but also surveys modern approaches to Greek drama. Comprehensive, reliable, and enlightening, it will be a boon to students and their teachers.” Justina Gregory, Smith College
"An excellent companion for students new to ancient Greek drama. Its comprehensive scope and inclusion of minor figures makes it especially useful for teachers wanting to give students a more complete picture of the subject...clearly and engagingly written." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"The book will be of enormous value for students and extremely useful as a teaching aid, and it will surely be a rare scholar who does not learn anything new from its wealth of detail." The Classical Review
“This book is a useful guide to the basics of the form and history of ancient Greek theater. Excellent resource for both undergraduate and graduate students.”
Religious Studies Review"The highlight of this book is the predictably excellent chapter on comedy." Phoenix