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Word And Image In Ancient Greece$
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N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

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Placing Theatre in the History of Vision

Placing Theatre in the History of Vision

(p.161) 9 Placing Theatre in the History of Vision
Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Simon Goldhill

Edinburgh University Press

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

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