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Abstract–Early Reperformances of Drama in the Fifth Century: A Fallacy or an Underestimated Tradition?

This paper investigates the early reperformances of ancient Greek drama in the fifth century BC. By reconsidering epigraphical and literary evidence, I seek to challenge the orthodoxy concerning the fourth-century beginning of dramatic reperformances and draw an earlier borderline that goes back to the fifth century. In the first part of my paper I re-examine ‘traditional’ evidence on the reperformances of Aeschylus, while in the second, I discuss information on possible reperformances of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, as gathered from less-discussed sources. In the last part of my presentation, I evaluate the evidence and try to propose a theory about the beginning and the development of reperformances in the fifth century.

3 Responses to Abstract–Early Reperformances of Drama in the Fifth Century: A Fallacy or an Underestimated Tradition?

  1. Very interesting this paper investigating the early reperformances of ancient Greek drama in the fifth century BC. It’s interesting to read the sources about reperfomances. Can you post it? Thanks!

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