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Greek and Roman Actors : Aspects of an Ancient Profession - Pat Easterling

Greek and Roman Actors

Aspects of an Ancient Profession

By: Pat Easterling (Editor), Edith Hall (Editor)

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Published: 20th December 2007
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This collection of twenty essays examines the art, profession and idea of the actor in Greek and Roman antiquity, and has been commissioned and arranged to cast as much interdisciplinary and transhistorical light as possible on these elusive but fascinating ancient professionals. It covers a chronological span from the sixth century BC to Byzantium (and even beyond to the way that ancient actors have influenced the arts from the Renaissance to the twentieth century) and stresses the huge geographical spread of ancient actors. Some essays focus on particular themes, such as the evidence for women actors or the impact of acting on the presentation of suicide in literature; others offer completely new evidence, such as graffiti relating to actors in Asia Minor; others ask new questions, such as what subjective experience can be reconstructed for the ancient actor. There are numerous illustrations and all Greek and Latin passages are translated.

'... a well-organized, systematic discussion of the key elements in the evolution of 'classical drama'.' Times Literary Supplement 'This is a collection of essays of rare coherence and quality ... coverage is indeed comprehensive ... Anyone interested in any significant aspect of acting in the ancient world will find this volume valuable. The quality of the chapters is uniformly high ... The chapters are also superbly arranged, each introducing themes that are developed in those that follow ... This volume will be a fundamental resource for all students and scholars whose interests include the ancient theatre; it will also be widely and profitably used by scholars of ancient society and thought, especially for the perspectives it provides on ancient approaches to non-verbal communication, the emotions, and the concept of the self.' Journal of Theatre Research International '... this volume represents, to date, the most valuable companion to actors and acting in Graeco-Roman antiquity ... recommend the volume not only to specialists but also to graduate students and other readers looking for an up-to-date introduction to current scholarship on ancient acting ... a volume which will certainly be a standard reference book for years to come.' Journal of Hellenic Studies

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Maps
The Art of the Actor
The singing actors of antiquity
The musicians among the actors
The use of the body by actors in tragedy and satyr-play
Towards a reconstruction of performance style
Kallippides on the floor-sweepings: the limits of realism in classical acting and performance styles
Looking for the actor's art in Aristotle
Acting, action and words in New Comedy
'Acting down': the ideology of Hellenistic performance
The Professional World
Nothing to do with the technitai of Dionysus?
Actors and actor-managers at Rome in the time of Plautus and Terence
The masks on the propylon of the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias
Images of performance: new evidence from Ephesus
Female entertainers in late antiquity
Acting in the Byzantine theatre: evidence and problems
The Idea of the Actor
Actor as icon
Scholars versus actors: text and performance in the Greek tragic scholia
Orator and/et actor
Acting and self-actualisation in imperial Rome: some death scenes
The subjectivity of Greek performance
The ancient actor's presence since the Renaissance
Glossary
List of works cited
Index of major ancient passages cited
General index
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ISBN: 9780521045506
ISBN-10: 0521045509
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.75