Nothing to Do with Dionysos?: Athenian Drama in Its Social Context

October 30, 2020
Nothing to Do with Dionysos?: Athenian Drama in Its Social Context

These critically diverse and innovative essays are aimed atrestoring the social context of ancient Greek drama. Theatricalproductions, which included music and dancing, were civic events inhonor of the god Dionysos and were attended by a politicallystratified community, whose delegates handled all details from theseating arrangements to the qualifications of choral competitors.The growing complexity of these performances may have provoked theAthenian saying "nothing to do with Dionysos" implying that theaterhad lost its exclusive focus on its patron. This collectionconsiders how individual plays and groups of dramas pertained tothe concerns of the body politic and how these issues werepresented in the convention of the stage and as centerpieces ofcivic ceremonies. The contributors, in addition to the editors,include Simon Goldhill, Jeffrey Henderson, David Konstan, FranoisLissarrague, Oddone Longo, Nicole Loraux, Josiah Ober, Ruth Padel,James Redfield, Niall W. Slater, Barry Strauss, and JesperSvenbro.