Edmund Stewart has published Greek Tragedy on the Move: The Birth of a Panhellenic Art Form c. 500-300 BC with Oxford University Press.
The book is the first full study of tragedy on the move in the archaic and classical periods, demonstrating how it was part of a general culture of wandering and travel.
"Greek tragedy is one of the most important cultural legacies of the classical world, with a rich and varied history and reception, yet it appears to have its roots in a very particular place and time. The authors of the surviving works of Greek tragic drama – Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides – were all from one city, Athens, and all lived in the fifth century BC; unsurprisingly, it has often been supposed that tragic drama was inherently linked in some way to fifth-century Athens and its democracy. Why then do we refer to tragedy as 'Greek', rather than 'Attic' or 'Athenian', as some scholars have argued?"
Posted on Wednesday 31st January 2018