Freitag, 13. November 2015, 09:30 - 19:00 iCal

Greek Theatre beyond the Canon

Ancient Drama in the 4th century BC

Marietta-Blau-Saal; Seminarraum des Inst. für Klass. Philologie
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Samstag, 14. November 2015, 09:30 - 18:00

A new research trend is emerging in the study of ancient Greek drama. It seeks to overcome the narrow time and space boundaries set by a highly selective canon, which focuses on only four dramatists of 5th century Attic theatre while dooming the rest to the margins of scholarly investigation. Volumes like Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century B.C. (2014, eds. Csapo et. al.), Theatre outside Athens (2012, ed. Bosher), and renewed interest in non-canonical dramatists (e.g. Sommerstein 2014: Menander in Context) are representative of this highly productive turn.

Building on this approach, our congress encourages new perspectives on the “peripheries” of studies on Greek drama and theatre. By investigating local theatre traditions that flourished before/after 5th century B.C. or outside Attica, we try to shed light on the role that theatre played in the political, social, and cultural life of Greeks living across the Mediterranean. Moreover, closer examinations of dramatic genres and authors that have traditionally been considered as minor help not only in making sense of the extant fragmentary records related to theatre, but also in understanding the manifold relationships between canonical dramatists and their artistic background, in terms of both change and continuity. We will therefore focus on an eclectic range of theatre-related subjects that have not yet been thoroughly investigated, such as:


Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein


Raimund Merker; Laura Gianvittorio
Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein