Greek Theater Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Arnott, Peter D. An Introduction to the Greek Theatre. London: Macmillan & Co Ltd, 1959, 239p.

Includes sections on the origin of Greek theater, the composition and setting of plays, and the audience.

Cole, Susan Guettel. “Procession and Celebration at the Dionysia.” In Theater and Society in the Classical World, edited by Ruth Scodel, pp. 25-38. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1993.

Concentrates on long-surviving elements of Dionysian ritual.

Pickard-Cambridge, Arthur, Sir. “The City Dionysia.” In The Dramatic Festivals of Athens, pp. 57-125. London: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Examines the great Athenian festival held in honor of Dionysus, including its organization and contests.

Riu, Xavier. “The Reading of Old Comedy.” In Dionysism and Comedy, pp. 11-48. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Litlefield Publishers, Inc., 1999.

Proposes an ideology behind Greek comedy, focusing on the works of Aristophanes.

Rothfield, Tom. “A Play in Performance: Role of the Comedian Paramount.” In Classical Comedy: Armoury of Laughter, Democracy's Bastion of Defence: Introducing a Law of Opposites, pp. 3-41. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc., 1999.

Discusses the interaction of play, actor, and audience in Greek comedy.

Simon, Erika. The Ancient Theatre, translated by C. E. Vafopoulou-Richardson. London: Methuen, 1982, 50p.

General overview of Greek theater, including sections on costumes, the satyr play, and stage painting.

Sutton, Dana F. Ancient Comedy: The War of the Generations. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1993, 139p.

Stresses common denominators shared by Greek comedies, with emphasis on the works of Aristophanes and Menander.

Winkler, John J. and Froma I. Zeitlin, editors. Nothing to Do with Dionysos?: Athenian Drama in Its Social Context. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990, 405p.

Collection includes essays on the festivals of Dionysia; the feminine in Greek theater; drama and community; and the idea of the actor.