Ancient Greek Tragedy as Performance: the Literature–Performance Problematic

  title={Ancient Greek Tragedy as Performance: the Literature–Performance Problematic},
  author={Mario Frendo},
  journal={New Theatre Quarterly},
  pages={19 - 32}
  • Mario Frendo
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • Art
  • New Theatre Quarterly
In this article Mario Frendo engages with the idea of ancient Greek tragedy as a performance phenomenon, questioning critiques that approach it exclusively via literary–dramatic methodologies. Based on the premise that ancient Greek tragedy developed within the predominantly oral context of fifth-century BCE Greece, he draws on Hans-Thies Lehmann's study of tragedy and its relation to dramatic theatre, where it is argued that the genre is essentially ‘predramatic’. Considered as such, ancient… 
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