Performance in Greek and Roman Theatre


In recent years, classicists have begun aggressively to explore the impact of performance on the ways in which Greek and Roman plays are constructed and appreciated, both in their original performance context and in reperformances down to the present day. While never losing sight of the playscripts, it is necessary to adopt a more inclusive point of view, one integrating insights from archaeology, art, history, performance theory, theatre semiotics, theatrical praxis, and modern performance reception. This volume contributes to the restoration of a much-needed balance between performance and text: it is devoted to exploring how performance-related considerations (including stage business, masks, costumes, props, performance space, and stage-sets) help us attain an enhanced appreciation of ancient theatre.

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Vayos Liapis, Ph.D. (1997) in Classics, University of Glasgow, is Associate Professor of Theatre at the Open University of Cyprus. He has published extensively on Greek literature, especially tragedy; his latest book is A Commentary on the 'Rhesus' Attributed to Euripides (Oxford University Press, 2012).

George W.M. Harrison, Ph.D. (1985) in Classics and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University, is Assistant Professor of Classics at Concordia where he also teaches in Art History. He is active in productions in the Theatre Department. He has written extensively on Roman imperial tragedy and satyr drama.

Contributors: Vayos Liapis, George W.M. Harrison, Costas Panayotakis, Grigoris M. Sifakis, David Konstan, Martin Revermann, Robert Tordoff, Jocelyn Penny Small, A. J. Podlecki, Geoff Bakewell, Peter Meineck, Rosie Wyles, Judith Fletcher, Robert Ketterer, C. W. Marshall, Jeffrey Rusten, Graham Ley, Robert Cowan, George Fredric Franko, Richard Beacham, Dorota Dutsch, A. K. Petrides, Edith Hall, George Kovacs, Gonda Van Steen, and Fiona Macintosh.
“While reading I often felt that the individual authors were inviting me to change places and sit near them for a slightly better look at the same stage from another part of the theater. Some readers will find some seats more rewarding than others, but on the whole this is a diverse but pleasingly cohesive collection that greatly expands our view of ancient performance.[...] The volume on the whole is meticulously edited, remarkably free of typographical errors, and contains numerous helpful black and white photographs” - Christopher B. Polt, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.11.27
Vayos Liapis
George W.M. Harrison
Costas Panayotakis

The Misunderstanding of ‘Opsis’ in Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’
Grigoris M. Sifakis

Propping Up Greek Tragedy: The Right Use of Opsis
David Konstan

Generalizing about Props: Greek Drama, Comparator Traditions, and the Analysis of Stage Objects
Martin Revermann

Actors’ Properties in Ancient Greek Drama: An Overview
Robert Tordoff

Skenographia in Brief
Jocelyn Penny Small

Aeschylean Opsis
A.J. Podlecki

Casting votes in Aeschylus
Geoff Bakewell

Under Athena’s Gaze: Aeschylus’ ‘Eumenides’ and the Topography of Opsis
Peter Meineck

Heracles’ Costume fromEuripides’ ‘Heracles’ to Pantomime Performance
Rosie Wyles

Weapons of Friendship: Props in Sophocles’ ‘Philoctetes’ and ‘Ajax’
Judith Fletcher

‘Skene’, Altar and Image Euripides’ ‘Iphigeneia among the Taurians’
Robert Ketterer

Staging ‘Rhesus’
Vayos Liapis

Three Actors in Old Comedy, Again
C. W. Marshall

‘The Odeion on his head’: Costume and identity in Cratinus’ Thracian Women fr. 73
Jeffrey Rusten

Rehearsing Aristophanes
Graham Ley

Haven’t I Seen you Before Somewhere? Optical Allusions in Republican Tragedy
Robert Cowan

Anicius vortit barbare: the Scenic Games of L. Anicius Gallus and the Aesthetics of Greek and Roman Performance
George Fredric Franko

Otium, Opulentia and Opsis: Setting, Performance and Perception Within the mise-en-scène of the Roman House
Richard Beacham

Towards a Roman Theory of Theatrical Gesture
Dorota Dutsch

Lucian’s ‘On Dance’ and the poetics of the pantomime mask
A.K. Petrides

Pantomime: Visualising Myth in the Roman Empire
Edith Hall

Stringed Instruments in Fifth-Century Drama
George Kovacs

Bloody (Stage) Business: Matthias Langhoff’s Sparagmos of Euripides’ ‘Bacchae’ (1997)
Gonda Van Steen

From Sculpture to Vase-painting: Archaeological Models for the Actor
Fiona Macintosh
All those interested in Greek and Roman theatre, theatre performance, Greek and Roman dramatic literature, as well as classical and theatre scholars, university teachers and postgraduate students in Classics and Theatre.
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