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Placing Theatre in the History of Vision

Simon Goldhill

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0010
Placing Theatre in the History of Vision

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If the invention and development of Athenian democracy required a reconstruction of the self-representation of the city and citizens of Athens, a reconstruction that inevitably involved words and images, perhaps no site of the polis focuses this concern more sharply than the theatron, the place for viewing where logoi were on display. This chapter's term of imagery and the stage could lead in very many different and potentially fascinating directions. The changes in theatrical practice and theory could be mapped onto the rapidly developing sophistic work on vision and art. From another point of view, the institutional frame can be further broadened. For the festival of theatre included a great deal of what would now be called political ritual, with its particular deployment of imagery and words.

Keywords: Athens; words; images; polis; theatron; logoi; imagery; stage; theatre

Chapter.  7861 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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