Greeks in Drama: Four Contemporary Issues

  • Nicole Vigouroux-Frey


Martin Esslin concluded his essay An Anatomy of Drama (1976) by stating that:

Drama is as multifaceted in its images, as ambivalent in its meanings, as the world it mirrors. That is its main strength, its characteristic as a mode of expression — and its greatness.1


Irrational Society Greek Tragedy Moral Wound Greek Myth Final Scene 
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    Martin Esslin, An Anatomy of Drama (New York: Hill and Wang, 1976) p. 118.Google Scholar
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    Edward Bond, Scenes of War and Freedom: A Short Essay, in Bond Plays 3 (London: Methuen 1987), pp. 293–5.Google Scholar
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    Wole Soyinka, The Bacchae of Euripides, Introduction (London: Methuen, 1973), p. vi.Google Scholar
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