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  • Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stageby Helene P. Foley

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated... more...

  • Masterpieces of Classic Greek Dramaby Helaine Smith

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 51.95

    Aeschylus' Oresteia , Sophocles' Oedipus plays, Euripides' Medea and Bacchae , and Aristophanes' Birds and Lysistrata are discussed in this lively and scholarly volume. The author's experience teaching these plays to gifted high school students makes this volume particularly useful. The drama festivals, the adaptations of myth, the relevance... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatreby Marianne McDonald; Michael Walton

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 32.00

    This 2007 Companion is a collection of essays on theatre performance in the classical Greek and Roman world. more...

  • The Theatricality of Greek Tragedyby Graham Ley

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 34.00

    Ancient Greek tragedy has been an inspiration to Western culture, but the way it was first performed has long remained in question. In The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy , Graham Ley provides an illuminating discussion of key issues relating to the use of the playing space and the nature of the chorus, offering a distinctive impression of the performance... more...

  • Athenian Tragedy in Performanceby Melinda Powers

    University of Iowa Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    Foregrounding critical questions about the tension between the study of drama as literature versus the study of performance, Melinda Powers investigates the methodological problems that arise in some of the latest research on ancient Greek theatre. She examines key issues and debates about the fifth-century theatrical space, audience, chorus, performance... more...

  • Poetics before Platoby Grace M. Ledbetter

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 59.95

    Combining literary and philosophical analysis, this study defends an utterly innovative reading of the early history of poetics. It is the first to argue that there is a distinctively Socratic view of poetry and the first to connect the Socratic view of poetry with earlier literary tradition. Literary theory is usually said to begin with Plato's... more...

  • The Play of Spaceby Rush Rehm

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 82.50

    Is "space" a thing, a container, an abstraction, a metaphor, or a social construct? This much is certain: space is part and parcel of the theater, of what it is and how it works. In The Play of Space , noted classicist-director Rush Rehm offers a strikingly original approach to the spatial parameters of Greek tragedy as performed in the open-air... more...

  • Platonic Noiseby J. Peter Euben

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95

    Platonic Noise brings classical and contemporary writings into conversation to enrich our experience of modern life and politics. Drawing on writers as diverse as Plato, Homer, Nietzsche, Borges, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth, Peter Euben shows us the relevance of both popular literature and ancient Greek thought to current questions of loss, mourning,... more...

  • Arion's Lyreby Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 49.95

    Arion's Lyre examines how Hellenistic poetic culture adapted, reinterpreted, and transformed Archaic Greek lyric through a complex process of textual, cultural, and creative reception. Looking at the ways in which the poetry of Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, and Simonides was preserved, edited, and read by Hellenistic scholars and poets, the... more...

  • Aesopic Conversationsby Leslie Kurke

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 39.95

    Examining the figure of Aesop and the traditions surrounding him, Aesopic Conversations offers a portrait of what Greek popular culture might have looked like in the ancient world. What has survived from the literary record of antiquity is almost entirely the product of an elite of birth, wealth, and education, limiting our access to a fuller range... more...