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While conventional scholarship on classical Greek texts typically involves employing the historical background as a way of fixing the meaning of the text, and the details of the text as an approach to establishing the realities of that historical context, Kott’s book on Greek tragedy is the work of a director passionate about the theatre and for whom the plays are powerful rhetorical performances addressed to a theatregoing audience. For him, as much as they are signifiers of an ancient past, th...more
Such an amazing book, so well researched. The whole time I got the feeling the person behind the text was incredibly knowledgeable in so many subjects. Greek tragedies are methodically dissected so we can assess it from diferent angles. Kott compares different versions of a same tragedy and the myth that the story originated from; he explains the relevance the story had back when it was written and staged and how the tragedy was nourished by the current events of that time. There's also great at...more