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date: 10 August 2020

tragedy, Greek 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Richard A. S. SeafordRichard A. S. Seaford, Patricia E. EasterlingPatricia E. Easterling, Fiona MacintoshFiona Macintosh, Fiona MacintoshFiona Macintosh

Tragedy, one of the most influential literary forms that originated in Greece, is particularly associated with Athens in the 5th cent. ...Some features of the tragic performances are best understood if set in the context of Greek festival practice. The notion of performers in sports and the arts competing in honour of the gods was familiar throughout the Greek world (...Recent scholarship has widened the range of what counts as relevant evidence for the reception of tragedy in antiquity. This fresh approach to familiar material has been given impetus by many publications of new or neglected texts from papyri and inscriptions, and by studies of artefacts related to theatre production. The extensive bibliography for ...Reception of Greek tragedy has become a major focus in classical reception studies. With the realisation in the 1980s that there was a need to document the vibrant history of ancient plays in the modern world (especially noticeable with the increase in productions worldwide from the 1960s onwards) came the understanding that the performance history of Greek tragedy was an important part of the history of classical scholarship as well as theatre history. In recent years the reception of Greek tragedy has extended back into antiquity with the result that its range now encompasses performances from the fifth century BC to the present, as well as the transmission of the texts and their translations into Latin and modern vernacular languages.... ...

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