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Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction [Paperback]

David Wiles
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25 May 2000
In this fascinating and accessible book, David Wiles introduces ancient Greek theatre to students and enthusiasts interested in knowing how the plays were performed. Theatre was a ceremony bound up with fundamental activities in ancient Athenian life and Wiles explores those elements which created the theatre of the time. Actors rather than writers are the book's main concern and Wiles examines how the actor used the resources of story-telling, dance, mask, song and visual action to create a large-scale event that would shape the life of the citizen community. The book assumes no prior knowledge of the ancient world, and is written to answer the questions of those who want to know how the plays were performed, what they meant in their original social context, what they might mean in a modern performance and what can be learned from and achieved by performances of Greek plays today.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521648572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521648578
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Wiles' book could become a catalyst for joint seminars for language and non-language students (whether in classical civilization or theatre studies. Neither should its impact be restricted to students. Most classicists will learn a great deal from it … Wwiles' study will become one of the most important books for shaping the way in which Greek theatre is conceived and debated.' Hermathena

'Wiles has managed to pack a lot of useful information and many inspiring ideas into thisb ook which is not too long. I can sincerely recommend [the book] to all translators and directors who are working with a production of any ancient drama, as well as to every classicist who is interested in (re)performances of ancient dramas.' Arctos

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David Wiles introduces ancient Greek theatre and Athenian cultural life in a book specially written for students and enthusiasts. It assumes no prior knowledge of the ancient world and illustrates how the plays were performed and what can be learned from and achieved by performances of the plays today.

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For the philosopher Aristotle the life-spirit of a play was its mythos - a word we can variously translate as story, plot, narrative, myth or simply an act of speaking. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars something for dramatists and classisists 30 Aug 2010
By Ian.S.
This book is written by a man of the theatre rather than a man of the classics. And a good thing too! Many books relating to Greek theatre are written from a purely academic/classical angle.To the non academic this can result in losing something in what greek theatre means. The author clearly explains what 'Greek theatre' was and how it was believed to to be performed (importantly how the actor made the audience part of that performance). Because it is written from the perspective of the theatre, it makes you look at theatre in a different and challenging light. (Something I find that many academics expert in classics seem not to be able to do). It covers the development of theatre,the role of the actor, the chorus and the writer. Costumes and the tricky bit of how to deal with the music/sung parts are also covered. His comparing of the modern performances of these plays are very informative. He has a very readable style that allows you to absorb a lot of information easily. It is a thought provokong book that should be read by as many people with even a passing interest in Greek theatre and certainly those who study classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book 23 Feb 2009
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This book has been well taken care of, it almost looks brand new. There are many valuable tips for theatre.
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