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Surviving Greek Tragedy by Robert Garland


Surviving Greek Tragedy by Robert Garland

Surviving Greek Tragedy is a history of the physical survival to the present day of the thirty-two extant tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Beginning with the first revival of the plays in the fourth century BC, it charts the course of their transmission down the centuries as they passed through the hands of actors, readers, scholars, schoolteachers, monks, publishers, translators, theatre directors, and so on. Over the course of this 2,400-year period, the plays were at different times performed, copied, quoted, emended, excerpted, analysed, taught, translated, censored, adapted, or merely left to moulder in a library, as each successive culture charged with their safe-keeping saw fit. In the last thirty years Greek tragedy has become the medium through which most people encounter the classical heritage, and in the book Garland gives extensive coverage to modern stagings of the plays all over the world, taking this story right up to the present.

About the Author

Robert Garland is Professor of Classics at Colgate University in the State of New York. He is the author of many books published by Duckworth, including The Greek Way of Life, The Greek Way of Death, The Piraeus, Introducing New Gods and The Eye of the Beholder.

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Publication date

25th March 2004


Robert Garland

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Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


306 pages


Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval



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