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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226477614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226477619
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contemporary productions on stage and film, and the development of theater studies, have created a new audience for ancient Greek drama. This volume fills the need for a clear, concise statement of what is know about the original conditions of production for tragedy, comedy, and satyr play in the age of Pericles and provides observations on all aspects of performance.

About the Author

Graham Ley is a reader in drama and theory at the University of Exeter. He has directed ancient and modern plays, has been a dramaturg for professional productions, and is the author of many specialist essays and books, including, most recently "The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy," forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.


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What a pointless piece of work. The subject matter is dealt with in such a superficial and simplistic manner that I have difficulty in working out who the target audience is - maybe fairly bright ten year olds. If you have a serious interest in ancient Greek theatre or are considering this book for academic study - forget it!
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As recommended by my Open University tutor. IT is exactly what it claims to be - a short concise guide, yet accurate and informative for quick reference/checking. Well worth the money and worth having.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just what the title says 26 Sept. 2001
By TrentonBuyer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is no more than the title promises: a short introduction. If you want to read detailed analyses of the Greek theatre, this isn't the book for you, but if you want a book to get you started and teach you the basic vocabulary, this one is as good as any.
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 9 July 2015
By ace1339 - Published on Amazon.com
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Graham Ley's "A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater" is packed with details, focusing on blocking and performances. Though this is in fact a short introduction, it moves slowly and is extremely thorough - Ley references Greek plays to explain his points. I read this for a Greek mythology class and it was a great introduction since I had little to no experience with either theater or Ancient Greece.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 18 Aug. 2016
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Too many marks for my liking.
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