Living Greek theatre : a handbook of classical performance and modern production /

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Main Author: Walton, J. Michael, 1939-
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The intended audience for this handbook must be theater professionals and theater faculty since its treatment of the theory and practice of Greek drama is too superficial to be of use to Classicists. Those who know very little about the Greek theater might find the chapters on the why and how of Greek drama useful; moreover, the extensive summaries of the production characteristics of extant tragedies and comedies might provide relevant information for a projected performance. Readers interested in the performance history of Greek drama will also find a section devoted to that subject. On the whole, however, the summary treatment of Greek drama in this handbook cannot be recommended as an acceptable introduction to the subject. Anyone who wishes to obtain a really useful understanding of Greek drama would do far better to start with John Ferguson's A Companion to Greek Tragedy (CH, Dec '72) and then continue with Albin Lesky's Greek Tragedy (CH, May '66) and K.J. Dover's Aristophanic Comedy (CH, Oct '72).-L. Golden, Florida State University

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