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Is the ‘Barcelona Alcestis’ a Latin Pantomime Libretto? *

Edith Hall

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

There is a possibility that one pantomime libretto based on a canonical tragedy does in fact survive. The candidate is a Latin hexameter poem, preserved only in a Barcelona papyrus, on the theme of ... More


Thrēnos and Ritual Lament

L. A. Swift

in The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199577842
eISBN:
9780191722622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577842.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores how Greek tragedy evokes Thrēnos and other forms of ritual funerary song. The chapter begins with a discussion of the Greek ritual lament, and seeks continuities between the ... More


Greek Heroines and the Wrongs of Women

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the use of Greek heroines such as Medea, Antigone, and Alcestis, and historical figures like Xantippe and Aspasia, to explore feminist issues in the work of George Eliot, Eliza ... More


Hanoch Levin: From Ancient Myths to Modern Tragedy

Nurit Yaari

in Between Jerusalem and Athens: Israeli Theatre and the Classical Tradition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198746676
eISBN:
9780191808531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198746676.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the theatrical oeuvre of Hanoch Levin, the most prolific of Israeli playwrights. Like Aloni, Levin learned theatre craft at the theatre and soon began to direct his own plays. ... More


Old Comedy, Classical Satyr Drama, and Euripides’ Alcestis

Carl A. Shaw

in Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199950942
eISBN:
9780190222949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950942.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Comic dramatists of fifth-century Athens integrated a number of humorous (sometimes non-Athenian) modes of performance into their plays, which led to the decline of many of these earlier pre-comic ... More


From Author–God to Textual Communion

Eleftheria Ioannidou

in Greek Fragments in Postmodern Frames: Rewriting Tragedy 1970-2005

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199664115
eISBN:
9780191833380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664115.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The fourth chapter discusses hybrid plays that unsettle the distinction between translation and adaptation. The chapter relates this mode of rewriting to the idea of the death of the Author, coined ... More


Representing ‘Woman’ in Split Britches’ <i>Honey I’m Home</i>, the F-RTC’s <i>Oedipus Rex XX/XY</i>, and Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flynn’s <i>Lysistrata Jones</i>

Melinda Powers

in Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198777359
eISBN:
9780191823077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777359.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter uses case studies from both comedy and tragedy, including Split Britches’ Honey I’m Home: The Alcestis Story (1989), the Faux-Real Theatre Company’s Oedipus Rex XX/XY (2012), and Douglas ... More


The Crafting of Memory in Late Roman Mortuary Spaces

Nicola Denzey Lewis

in Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198744764
eISBN:
9780191805929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744764.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

As the Empire gradually Christianized, how did non-Christians remember and preserve the classical past? This chapter considers the elaborate and unique iconographic program of the Via Latina ... More


The Ghost of Alcestis

Amy Wygant

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In the story of Alcestis from Euripides, Alcestis volunteers to die in order to save the life of her husband King Admetus. When the hero Hercules discovers that Alcestis has died, he wrestles with ... More


Bringing Back the Dead: Shakespeare’s Alcestis

Tanya Pollard

in Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198793113
eISBN:
9780191835063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793113.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 5, “Bringing Back the Dead: Shakespeare’s Alcestis,” argues that, after incorporating Greek tragic women into comedies, Shakespeare increasingly drew on these figures to merge tragic and ... More


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