Publisher description for The origins of theater in ancient Greece and beyond : from ritual to drama / edited by Eric Csapo, Margaret C. Miller.

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The Origins of Ancient Theatre in Ancient Greece and Beyond examines the evidence for the pre-history and origin of drama. The belief that drama developed from religious ritual has been commonplace since the time of Aristotle. There is little agreement, however, on just how this happened. Recently, scholars have even challenged the historical connection between drama and ritual. Discussion of the problem is hampered by the fact that the basic collections of evidence are more than fifty years out of date, and have been drawn from fields too numerous for any single scholar to master. This volume is the most thorough examination on the origins of Greek drama to date. It brings together seventeen essays by leading scholars in a variety of fields, including classical archaeology, iconography, cultural history, theatre history, philosophy, and religion. Though it primarily focuses up on ancient Greece, the volume includes comparative studies of ritual drama from ancient Egypt, Japan, and medieval Europe. Collectively, the essays show how the relationship of drama to ritual is one of the most controversial, complex, and multi-faceted questions of modern times.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Classical drama -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Theater -- History -- To 500.
Theater -- Greece.
Rites and ceremonies -- Greece.
Civilization, Ancient.