These new and especially commissioned essays discuss the ways in which performance is central to the practice and ideology of democracy in classical Athens. From theater to law court to gymnasium to symposium, performance is a basic part of Athenian society; how do these different areas interrelate and inform the politics and culture of the democratic city? Drama, rhetoric, philosophy, literature and art are all discussed by leading scholars in this interdisciplinary volume.
'The diversity of the essays as well as the originality, distinction and provocative quality of many of them make this volume a fine contribution to performance studies.' Journal of Hellenic Studies
"the essay collected in this volume are original and valuable." Religious Studies Review Jan 2002