By Ian C. Storey, Arlene Allan

This Blackwell consultant introduces historical Greek drama, which flourished mostly in Athens from the 6th century BC to the 3rd century BC.A broad-ranging and systematically organised creation to historical Greek drama. Discusses all 3 genres of Greek drama – tragedy, comedy, and satyr play. offers overviews of the 5 surviving playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and short entries on misplaced playwrights. Covers contextual matters equivalent to: the origins of dramatic artwork kinds; the conventions of the gala's and the theatre; the connection among drama and the worship of Dionysos; the political size; and the way to learn and watch Greek drama. comprises forty six one-page synopses of every of the surviving performs.

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At the end of Assembly-Women (392 – lines 1154–62) the chorus of women appeal openly to the judges for the poet – note the singular “me”: ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA 23 I wish to give the judges a bit of advice: to the clever among you remember the clever bits and vote for me, to those among you who like to laugh vote for me because of the jokes. I’m asking just about everyone to vote for me. And don’t let the order of the draw tell against us, because I was drawn first. Keep this in mind and don’t break your oaths, but judge all the choruses fairly, and don’t behave like second-rate whores who remember only their last lover.

He is often seen as the Greek equivalent of the youthful consort of the Eastern Mother-Goddess (Adonis or Tammuz), whose death and rebirth both explains and enables the yearly cycle of agricultural fertility. 28 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA In the wild rituals described above, the worshipers would lose their own identity, become possessed by the deity they worshiped, and thus achieve a sort of group mentality with one another. But here too lies the dangerous side of Dionysos, for he is essentially hostile to the concept of the individual and conducive of the collective.

Cornford, The Origin of Attic Comedy (Cambridge 1914). 32 ASPECTS OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA as part of his cultural heritage. For example, the choral ode at Hippolytos 1104–50 is unusual in that the principal chorus of serving-women sings with the subsidiary chorus of young huntsmen, first alternately and perhaps together in the last strophe. This is a play very much about love and the relations between male and female, and this song may well relate to the ritual songs by men and women at weddings, ironic in that Hippolytos wants no part in Love, even more ironically so in that Hippolytos will be honored by brides on their wedding eve.

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