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A Companion to Greek Tragedy

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5205-1
576 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Blackwell Companion to Greek Tragedy provides readers with a fundamental grounding in Greek tragedy, and also introduces them to the various methodologies and the lively critical dialogue that characterize the study of Greek tragedy today.

  • Comprises 31 original essays by an international cast of contributors, including up-and-coming as well as distinguished senior scholars
  • Pays attention to socio-political, textual, and performance aspects of Greek tragedy
  • All ancient Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical terms are explained as they appear
  • Includes suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, and a generous and informative combined bibliography
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List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

Preface and Acknowledgements.

Abbreviations and Editions.

Part I: Contexts.

1. Fifth-Century Athenian History and Tragedy: Paula Debnar (Mount Holyoke College).

2. Tragedy and Religion: The Problem of Origins: Scott Scullion (University of Oxford).

3. Dithyramb, Comedy, and Satyr-Play: Bernd Seidensticker (Freie Universität Berlin).

4 Tragedy’s Teaching: Neil Croally (Dulwich College, London).

5. Tragedy and the Early Greek Philosophical Tradition: William Allan (University of Oxford).

6. Tragedy, Rhetoric, and Performance Culture: Christopher Pelling (University of Oxford).

7. Pictures of Tragedy? Jocelyn Penny Small (Rutgers University).

Part II: Elements.

8. Myth: Michael J. Anderson (Yale University).

9. Beginnings and Endings: Deborah H. Roberts (Haverford College).

10. Lyric: Luigi Battezzato (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy).

11. Episodes: Michael R. Halleran (University of Washington).

12. Music: Peter Wilson (University of Sydney).

13. Theatrical Production: John Davidson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).

Part III: Approaches.

14. Aeschylean Tragedy: Suzanne Saïd (Columbia University).

15. Sophoclean Tragedy: Ruth Scodel (University of Michigan).

16. Euripidean Tragedy: Justina Gregory (Smith College).

17. Lost Tragedies: A Survey: Martin Cropp (University of Calgary).

18. Tragedy and Anthropology: Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood (previously of University of Oxford).

19. Values: Douglas Cairns (University of Edinburgh).

20. The Gods: Donald Mastronarde (University of California, Berkeley).

21. Authority Figures: Mark Griffith (University of California, Berkeley).

22. Women’s Voices: Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham).

23. Marginal Figures: Mary Ebbott (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts).

Part IV: Reception.

24. Text and Transmission: David Kovacs (University of Virginia).

25. Learning from Suffering: Ancient Responses to Tragedy: Stephen Halliwell (University of St. Andrews).

26. Polis and Empire: Greek Tragedy in Rome: Vassiliki Panoussi (Williams College).

27. Italian Reception of Greek Tragedy: Salvatore Di Maria (University of Tennessee).

28. Nietzsche on Greek Tragedy and the Tragic: Albert Henrichs (Harvard University).

29. Greek Tragedy and Western Perceptions of Actors and Acting: Ismene Lada-Richards (King’s College London).

30. The Theater of Innumerable Faces: Herman Altena (freelance academic).

31. Justice in Translation: Rendering Ancient Greek Tragedy: Paul Woodruff (University of Texas, Austin).

Bibliography.

Index

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Justina Gregory is Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures at Smith College. Her books include Euripides and the Instruction of the Athenians (1991), a commentary on Euripides’ Hecuba (1999), and a translation of Aesop’s Fables (1975).
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  • Comprises 31 original essays by an international cast of contributors, including up-and-coming as well as distinguished senior scholars
  • Introduces readers to the various methodologies and the lively critical dialogue that characterize the study of Greek tragedy today
  • Pays attention to socio-political, textual, and performance aspects of Greek tragedy
  • All ancient Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical terms are explained as they appear
  • Includes suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, and a generous and informative combined bibliography
See More
?This is a good guide to Greek tragedy. It makes agreeable reading during which one can learn a lot from the various aspects of this genre.? (SHT Reviews, October 2009)

"This book is an impressive achievement, and will be of permanent value to everyone interested in Greek drama. The editor has done an excellent job in finding exactly the right scholar for each topic, including many leading experts from all over the world. Every chapter is lucid and informative, and each has a valuable guide to further reading."
Michael Lloyd, University College Dublin

?This book should earn itself a place as a principal reference tool for a wide range of courses in Greek tragedy; it offers a solid synthesis for specialist and nonspecialist alike of the many and vexed issues the subject presents.?
Choice

"This new volume, like others in the excellent Blackwell's 'Companion' series, stands apart from the crowd. It is not just a boring re-hash of well-known material but a superb, lively, genuinely stimulating collection of essays which make the plays come alive. Reading this book is rather like listening to a series of cracking lectures by some of the best scholars in the business ... This Companion will surely become required reading for university students who want an accessible but learned introduction to the texts. The essays are (without exception) so well written and entertaining that they can also be recommended to actors, producers, audience members, and general readers. It is well edited and attractively produced."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"There is no lack of good reference works on Greek tragedy. None the less, Gregory?s Blackwell companion is a very welcome addition ? There can be no doubt that the volume will establish itself as extremely useful for many students of Greek Tragedy. Most school and university libraries will want a copy." Journal of Classics Teaching

"This is a substancial and well-planned collection ... most chapters are heavily referenced, and so provide a good point of entry to the scholarly literature." Greece and Rome

"The Companion is obviously intended as a reference work and will be a very valuable addition to library shelves of universities with students of Classical Civilisation. In fact, several contributions are truly excellent and will undoubtedly serve as introductory reference points for a long time"
Scholia Reviews

"This book is an impressive achievement, and will be of permanent value to everyone interested in Greek drama. The editor has done an excellent job in finding exactly the right scholar for each topic, including many leading experts from all over the world. Every chapter is lucid and informative, and each has a valuable guide to further reading."
Michael Lloyd, University College Dublin <!--end-->

“This book should earn itself a place as a principal reference tool for a wide range of courses in Greek tragedy; it offers a solid synthesis for specialist and nonspecialist alike of the many and vexed issues the subject presents.”
Choice

"This new volume, like others in the excellent Blackwell's 'Companion' series, stands apart from the crowd. It is not just a boring re-hash of well-known material but a superb, lively, genuinely stimulating collection of essays which make the plays come alive. Reading this book is rather like listening to a series of cracking lectures by some of the best scholars in the business ... This Companion will surely become required reading for university students who want an accessible but learned introduction to the texts. The essays are (without exception) so well written and entertaining that they can also be recommended to actors, producers, audience members, and general readers. It is well edited and attractively produced."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"There is no lack of good reference works on Greek tragedy. None the less, Gregory’s Blackwell companion is a very welcome addition … There can be no doubt that the volume will establish itself as extremely useful for many students of Greek Tragedy. Most school and university libraries will want a copy." Journal of Classics Teaching

"This is a substancial and well-planned collection ... most chapters are heavily referenced, and so provide a good point of entry to the scholarly literature." Greece and Rome

"The Companion is obviously intended as a reference work and will be a very valuable addition to library shelves of universities with students of Classical Civilisation. In fact, several contributions are truly excellent and will undoubtedly serve as introductory reference points for a long time"
Scholia Reviews

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