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Emphasizing the political nature of Greek tragedy in its rootsense/Ma theatre of, by and for the polis (city)/M the Rush Rehm characterizes fifth-century Athens as a performance culture. In treating the various social, religious, and practical aspects of tragic production, he shows how these elements promoted a vision of the theater as intregral to the life of the city/Ma theatre in short whose focus was its audience.
Greek Tragic Theatre combines the latest scholarship with an appreciation that Greek tragedies were made in and for the theatre. Having worked in the professional theatre as a director and actor, as well as a translator of Greek tragedy and as a classicist, Rehm brings a combination of approaches to bear on our oldest theatrical traditions.