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A Companion to Greek Tragedy
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A 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. The volume comprises 31 essays written by an international cohort of scholars. The essays are organized into four sections. The opening section on Contexts surveys Greek tragedy's historical, religious, political, and artistic background. A section on Elements follows, examining the genre's structural components. A section on Approaches presents a series of essays exemplifying particular lines of enquiry; and the final section on Reception traces the interpretative tradition from ancient to modern times. Throughout the volume, all ancient Greek is transliterated and translated, and technical terms are explained as they appear, making the Companion accessible to those without detailed knowledge of the language or the genre.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x Note on Contributors xi Preface and Acknowledgments xvi Abbreviations and Editions xvii PART I CONTEXTS 1 1 Fifth-Century Athenian History and Tragedy 3 Paula Debnar 2 Tragedy and Religion: The Problem of Origins 23 Scott Scullion 3 Dithyramb, Comedy, and Satyr-Play 38 Bernd Seidensticker 4 Tragedy s Teaching 55 Neil Croally 5 Tragedy and the Early Greek Philosophical Tradition 71 William Allan 6 Tragedy, Rhetoric, and Performance Culture 83 Christopher Pelling 7 Pictures of Tragedy? 103 Jocelyn Penny Small PART II ELEMENTS 119 8 Myth 121 Michael J. Anderson 9 Beginnings and Endings 136 Deborah H. Roberts 10 Lyric 149 Luigi Battezzato 11 Episodes 167 Michael R. Halleran 12 Music 183 Peter Wilson 13 Theatrical Production 194 John Davidson PART III APPROACHES 213 14 Aeschylean Tragedy 215 Suzanne Said 15 Sophoclean Tragedy 233 Ruth Scodel 16 Euripidean Tragedy 251 Justina Gregory 17 Lost Tragedies: A Survey 271 Martin Cropp 18 Tragedy and Anthropology 293 Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood 19 Values 305 Douglas Cairns 20 The Gods 321 Donald Mastronarde 21 Authority Figures 333 Mark Griffith 22 Women s Voices 352 Judith Mossman 23 Marginal Figures 366 Mary Ebbott PART IV RECEPTION 377 24 Text and Transmission 379 David Kovacs 25 Learning from Suffering: Ancient Responses to Tragedy 394 Stephen Halliwell 26 Polis and Empire: Greek Tragedy in Rome 413 Vassiliki Panoussi 27 Italian Reception of Greek Tragedy 428 Salvatore Di Maria 28 Nietzsche on Greek Tragedy and the Tragic 444 Albert Henrichs 29 Greek Tragedy and Western Perceptions of Actors and Acting 459 Ismene Lada-Richards 30 The Theater of Innumerable Faces 472 Herman Altena 31 Justice in Translation: Rendering Ancient Greek Tragedy 490 Paul Woodruff Bibliography 505 Index 541

About the Author

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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A"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.A" (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 A"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.A" 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 A... 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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