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Eliot, Nine Greek Dramas by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

Eliot, Charles W. Nine Greek Dramas by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. New York, P.F. Collier, 1909. Octavo. 466 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear, some staining to the back cover. [Harvard Classics, 8].

The classical Greeks valued the power of spoken word, and it was their main method of communication and storytelling. Bahn and Bahn write, "To Greeks the spoken word was a living thing and infinitely preferable to the dead symbols of a written language." Socrates himself believed that once something was written down, it lost its ability for change and growth. For these reasons, among many others, oral storytelling flourished in Greece. Greek tragedy as we know it was created in Athens around the time of 532 BCE, when Thespis was the earliest recorded actor. After the Great Destruction of Athens by the Persian Empire in 480 BCE, the town and acropolis were rebuilt, and theatre became formalized and an even greater part of Athenian culture and civic pride. This century is normally regarded as the Golden Age of Greek drama. The centre-piece of the annual Dionysia, which took place once in winter and once in spring, was a competition between three tragic playwrights at the Theatre of Dionysus. Each submitted three tragedies, plus a satyr play (a comic, burlesque version of a mythological subject). Beginning in a first competition in 486 BC each playwright submitted a comedy. Aristotle claimed that Aeschylus added the second actor (deuteragonist), and that Sophocles introduced the third (tritagonist). Apparently the Greek playwrights never used more than three actors based on what is known about Greek theatre. (Wikipedia).

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Eliot, Nine Greek Dramas by AEschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

Eliot, Nine Greek Dramas by AEschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.


Eliot, Nine Greek Dramas by AEschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes.

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