The Dramatic Festivals of Athens

The Dramatic Festivals of Athens

The Dramatic Festivals of Athens

The Dramatic Festivals of Athens

Synopsis

This reissue with a new supplement is fully expanded and brought up-to-date. It discusses the organization of the dramatic festivals, describes the acting style, actors, costumes, dancing, music, and audiences' tastes and behavior, and provides a full presentation of the literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence on which any discussion of the dramatic festivals is based, such as the difficulties of interpretation.

Excerpt

SIR ARTHUR PICKARD-CAMBRIDGE died on 7 February 1952 while this book was in the press, and Professor T. B. L. Webster saw the work through to publication. Public demand for it was lively, and it has been out of print for some years. The Delegates to the Press asked us to prepare a second edition, and we gladly agreed. Our progress has been slower than we should have wished, but we have at any rate learnt a great deal in the process. The manuscript was essentially completed in the late summer of 1964 and we have been able to take only scattered notice of work that has appeared since then.

The subjects covered have been actively studied since 1952, but we have essentially retained the author's choice of topics and the greater part of his text and arrangement. Throughout, we have considered it more important to be faithful to his aim of setting out the primary evidence and keeping as closely as possible to it than to retain his views on particular matters at all costs. Excellent general treatments are now plentiful. This book will, we hope, continue to fulfil its function of presenting the evidence, and we offer no apology for the continued prominence of Greek text.

Our detailed editorial interventions are, we think, too numerous for constant indication of them by square brackets to be other than unsightly and disconcerting: it may therefore be helpful if we indicate here the main places where we have, in important respects, changed the views or the arrangement, as well as additions to the text. In Chapter I there is a new section on dithyramb at the Anthesteria (pp. 16 f.); the discussions of the Dionysion DZAν Λίμναις (pp. 21 ff.) and of the Lenaion (pp. 37 f.) have been modified; the treatment of the 'Lenäenvasen' (pp. 30 ff.) has been substantially altered, and a new section on the so-called 'Lenaian theatre' added (pp. 39 f.); the section on the Rural Dionysia (pp. 42 ff.) has been rearranged, and a short section added on drama at the Panathenaia (p. 56). In Chapter II we have taken different views from the author on the date and programme of the City Dionysia (pp. 63 ff.), the history of its dithyrambic contests (pp. 74 ff.), and the numbers of comic poets competing (p. 83); we have added a paragraph on the politics of choregoi (p. 90), and have revised the texts in the Appendix to Chapter II from squeezes and photographs, and amplified the notes on them. In Chapter III the treatments of the words ὑποκριτής (pp. 126 f.) and τριταγωνιστής (pp. 133 ff.) have been modified, the section on the distribution of parts (pp. 138 ff., 149 ff.) has been largely reworked; in the section on . . .

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