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Lost Dramas of Classical AthensGreek Tragic Fragments$
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Fiona McHardy, James Robson, and David Harvey

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780859897525

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859897525.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Lost Dramas of Classical Athens
Author(s):
Fiona McHardy, James Robson, David Harvey
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859897525.003.0001

Classical scholars are turning increasingly to the study of Greek tragic fragments, engaging with fragmentary texts in different ways. Tragic fragments inform discussions in areas ranging from cultural history through stagecraft to philosophy, and touch on topics as diverse as the perception of non-Greeks in classical Athens, ghosts on the Attic stage, and ancient views of artistic creation. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in the book. The recurring theme is that of contextualization — fragments require a context in order to be fully understood.

Keywords:   Greek tragedies, Greek tragic fragments, fragmentary texts, context, contextualization

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