make the most of Lovereading
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Hellenistic Tragedy Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey by Agnieszka (University of Wroclaw, Poland) Kotlinska-Toma

Hellenistic Tragedy Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey



Hellenistic Tragedy Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey by Agnieszka (University of Wroclaw, Poland) Kotlinska-Toma

Ancient Greek tragedy is ubiquitously studied and researched, but is generally considered to have ended, as it began, in the fifth century BC. However, plays continued to be written and staged in the Greek world for centuries, enjoying a period of unprecedented popularity and changing significantly from the better known Classical drama. Hellenistic drama also heavily influenced the birth of Roman tragedy and the development of other theatrical forms and literature (including comedies, mime and Greek romance). Hellenistic Tragedy: Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey offers a comprehensive picture of tragedy and the satyr play from the fourth century BCE. The surviving fragments of this dramatic genre are presented, alongside English translations and critical analysis, as well as a survey of the main writers involved and an exploration of the genre's formation, later influence and staging. Key features of the plays are analysed through extant texts and other evidence, including plots based on contemporary political themes, mythical subjects and Biblical themes, and features of metre and language. Practical elements of Hellenistic performance are also discussed, including those which have become the hallmarks of ancient theatre: actors' costumes of long robes, kothurnoi and high onkos-masks, the theatre building and the closed stage on the logeion. Piecing together a synthetic picture of Hellenistic tragedy and the satyr play, the volume also examines the key points of departure from earlier drama, including the mass audience, the mutual influence of Greek and Eastern traditions and the changes inside the genre which prove Hellenistic drama was an important stage in the development of the European theatre.


The study delivers what it promises, a careful collection of the relevant texts, a descriptive overview of the nature of Hellenistic tragedy, and a summary of the stage conventions of the Hellenistic period, especially their differences from the Classical period ... Kotlinska-Toma's work makes a valuable contribution to a generally underserved segment of Greek literature ... Her translations of the fragments and testimonia, and her summaries of critical trends promise to make this period of ancient drama accessible to a wider audience. -- Paul Ojennus, Whitworth University * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * The book performs an undeniably important service in bringing together, drawing attention to, and elucidating the exiguous but fascinating remains of these dramas ... A useful, accessible and wide-ranging survey. * GNOMON * One of the greatest merits of this book is the presentation of the fragments of Hellenistic tragedies alongside proposed English translations ... A thorough and high-quality investigation ... which we can only praise. * CADMO (Bloomsbury translation) * Undoubtedly a useful book. * Eos * A useful work of reference ... an informative read for teachers and for university students. I felt I had learned a lot. * John Taylor, Journal of Classics Teaching * This is the first comprehensive survey of Greek tragedy and satyr play of the Alexandrian period, written by a scholar of formidable accomplishments. It should be of considerable interest both to Classicists and historians of the theater. * Dana F. Sutton, Professor Emeritus in Classics, School of Humanities, University of California at Irvine, USA * Hellenistic Tragedy: Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey fills a longstanding gap in scholarship on post-classical tragedy. Its lively thematic essays and extended commentaries make this an indispensable volume for anyone interested in the history of Greek theater or in Hellenistic literary culture more generally. * Johanna M. Hanink, Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, Department of Classics, Brown University, USA * Agnieszka Kotlinska-Toma's Hellenistic Tragedy is a comprehensive, detailed and insightful exploration of a fascinating and yet relatively unknown period of Greek tragic production. This admirable survey of authors, texts and contexts will be an indispensable resource for classicists as well as for all those interested in theatre history and Hellenistic culture. * Andreas Fountoulakis, Assistant Professor of Greek Literature and Drama, University of Crete, Greece *

About the Author

Agnieszka Kotlinska-Toma is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

19th May 2016


Agnieszka (University of Wroclaw, Poland) Kotlinska-Toma

More books by Agnieszka (University of Wroclaw, Poland) Kotlinska-Toma
Author 'Like for Like'


Bloomsbury Academic an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


344 pages


Literary studies: classical, early & medieval



It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston