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The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy: Playing Space and Chorus

Graham Ley


Ancient Greek tragedy has been an inspiration to Western culture, but the way it was first performed has long remained in question. This book provides a 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 of Greek tragedy in the fifth century bce. Drawing on evidence from the surviving texts of tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, it explains how scenes with actors were played in the open ground of the orchestra, often considered as exclusively the dancing place of the chorus. In revie ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, playing space, chorus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, actors, scenes, orchestra

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226477572
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226477565.001.0001


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