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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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A Version for the Stage

(p.189) 10 HY]Ψ[IPYLE
Lost Dramas of Classical Athens

David Wiles

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents the script and programme notes of a performance of the fragmentary play Hypsipyle staged in 1997. The translation is both a piece of scholarship in itself (entailing as it does a reconstruction of the play) and an original work of art. The play is consciously framed as a fragment: there is a major lacuna, for example, during which the actors perform alternative versions of the same episode. In so doing, the author makes imaginative use of the qualities of the fragmentary form with which the discussion began: the capacity of fragments to tantalize, inspire, and to suggest multiple possibilities for their contextualization.

Keywords:   Hypsipyle, fragmentary play, fragments, contexualization

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