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Public and performance in the Greek theatre /
Peter D. Arnott.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1989.
viii, 203 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1989.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 198.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-02:
In his best work to date, Arnott, a specialist in both classics and theater and widely known for his puppet versions of Greek plays, approaches ancient drama from the practical vantage point of production and audience reception. He brings to the texts a sense of vitality and immediacy that will delight and enlighten experts and novices alike. He observes, for instance, that a Greek playwright had difficulty capturing and keeping the attention of his viewers because their part of the theater, unlike ours, was neither darkened nor enclosed. The stage did not command their sole attention. Thus, to Arnott, the prologue of an ancient play is a "warm-up" intended to quiet a restive audience, and the epilogue an "obvious finale" designed to show them the play was over. He addresses realistic questions: "Did the ancient audience understand every word in a choral ode?" and "Why are the plays so wordy'?" Although little in this book will be new to specialists, its readability and the superior organization and presentation of the material make it an invaluable resource. By comparison its failings are few. References are minimal. Illustrations of the vases cited would greatly enhance the discussion of masks and gestures. Without a general conclusion the book seems to end rather abruptly. Even so, it makes an excellent text for all students. Highly recommended, indeed a must, for all libraries. -M. Damen, Utah State University
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Table of Contents
A Note on Sourcesp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Audience and the Chorusp. 5
The Actor Seenp. 44
The Actor Heardp. 74
Debate and Dramap. 105
Place and Timep. 132
Character and Continuityp. 162
Notesp. 193
Select Bibliographyp. 198
Indexp. 199
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