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Oliver Taplin's seminal study was revolutionary in drawing out the significance of stage action in Greek tragedy at a time when plays were often read purely as texts, rather than understood as performances. Professor Taplin explores nine plays, including Aeschylus' agamemnon and Sophocles' Oedipus the King. The details of theatrical techniques and stage directions, used by playwrights to highlight key moments, are drawn out and related to the meaning of each play as a whole. With extensive translated quotations, the essential unity of action and speech in Greek tragedy is demonstrated. Now firmly established as a classic text, Greek Tragedy in Action is even more relevant today, when performances of Greek tragedies and plays inspired by them have had such an extraordinary revival around the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415302517
ISBN-10: 041530251X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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