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Objects As Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy

Melissa Mueller


Since Aristotle, text has been considered the essence of Athenian tragedy, while theatrical props have been relegated to the category of mere spectacle, external to the text. Objects as Actors argues that far from being inanimate, ancillary “things,” props are fully integrated in tragic text, agents that spark surprising plot turns and unexpected reactions from viewers inside and outside the theatrical frame while furnishing some of the genre’s most purely thrilling moments. Whether it’s the uncanny sword or the diachronic shield of Sophocles’ Ajax, the visually overpowering tapestry of Aeschy ... More

Keywords: tragedy, ancient Greek theatre, performance, props, objects, materiality, intertheatricality, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226312958
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226313009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Mueller, author
University of Massachusetts