The great era of classical drama continues to be widely studied today. One of the most extensive works of its kind, The Facts On File Companion to Classical Drama examines the history and development of ancient Greek and Roman drama from the late sixth century BCE through the first century CE. In a highly readable, A-to-Z format, approximately 400 entries cover the 80 complete plays that survived from the classical era; the major authors; the background, characters, and themes of the dramas; and the conventions and practices of their respective theaters. Appendixes include a complete list of authors and titles known to have existed. Authoritative enough for scholarly study, this accessible reference is also a perfect addition to high school and college classrooms.
- Authors: Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, Menander, Seneca, Sophocles, Terence, and Plautus
- Dramas: Agamemnon, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, The Suppliant Women, and more
- Characters: divinities such as Apollo, Dionysus, Heracles, Prometheus, and Zeus, and mortals such as Clytemnestra, Achilles, Iphigenia, Orestes, and Oedipus
- Settings: Athens, Thebes, Rome, Troy, and more
- Genres: comedy, tragicomedy, tragedy, and satyr plays
- Historical personages: Pericles, Themistocles, Augustus, Julius Caesar, and more
- Concepts, themes, and theatrical terms: chorus, oracle, strophe, deus ex machina, and more.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references.
About the Author(s)
John E. Thorburn, Jr., holds a Ph.D. in Classics and is an associate professor at Baylor University, where he teaches Latin, Greek, and classical drama. He has published on Greek tragedy and comedy, Greek and Roman history, and a variety of other ancient subjects.