Ancient Greek and Roman drama has long fascinated scholars, theatre practitioners and artists working in a variety of media. These ancient dramatic texts have continued to ‘speak’ to audiences down the centuries to the present day.
This two-volume collection investigates the appeal of these ancient plays and their many incarnations on the stage of later epochs, in art, music, television and film. It explores the complex dialogue between the ancient source texts and their receptions from a variety of perspectives including that of Classical scholarship, Performance Studies, Musicology, and Modern Greek Studies. The collection thus seeks to demonstrate the relevance and continuing impact of ancient Greek and Roman plays.
Dialogues with the past, offers an introduction to the vibrant field of Classical Reception Studies and in particular, to performance reception in all its many guises. It features an interview with theatre director Helen Eastman, essays by Lorna Hardwick, Gonda Van Steen, Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Gesine Manuwald, Susanna Phillippo and many other specialists in the reception of ancient drama.