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Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy - Simon Goldhill

Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy

By: Simon Goldhill (Editor), Robin Osborne (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521604314
Number Of Pages: 432

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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.

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'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

Programme notes
The Performance of Drama
Spreading the word through performance
The aulos in Athens
Actor's song in tragedy
The Drama of Performance
Performative aspects of the choral voice in Greek tragedy: civic identity in performance
Actors and voices: reading between the lines in Aeschines and Demosthenes Pat Easterling
Aristophanes: the performance of Utopia in the Ecclesiazusae
Rhetoric and Performance
The rhetoric of anti-rhetoric in Athenian oratory
Reading Homer from the rostrum: poems and laws in Aeschines' In Timarchum
Plato and the performance of dialogue
Ritual and State: Visuality and the Performance of Citizenship
Processional performance and the democratic polis
The spectacular and the obscure in Athenian religion
Inscribing performance
Publicity and performance: kalos inscriptions in Attic vase-painting
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ISBN: 9780521604314
ISBN-10: 0521604311
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 27th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64