Chapter

The Chorus in Action

Simon Goldhill

in Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932870 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796274.003.0005

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

The Chorus in Action

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This chapter explores how the chorus performs as an actor in Sophoclean drama. Following Aristotle’s comment that Sophocles uses the chorus as an actor, it looks at how the chorus engages in the action, through the kommos – a mourning song – and through their emotional and physical relationship with the actors.

Keywords: Sophocles; chorus; drama; mourning Song

Chapter.  12139 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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