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Greek theatre
Ross, Stewart.
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Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : P. Bedrick Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
A history of ancient Greek drama including discussion of the drama competition, Oedipus the King, actors and the chorus, playwrights, and the legacy of Greece.

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PA3131 .R65 1996 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PA3131 .R65 1996 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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This book transports young readers into the past to understand the importance of ancient Greek culture today. Using everyday, modern language to describe what it was like to live in ancient Greece, it makes ancient history fascinating and easy to understand. Colorful illustrations of archaeological sites and museum artifacts enhance the text and motivate children to learn.

Author Notes

Stewart Ross is a prize-winning author of books for children, and has written two novels, several plays, two librettos, and several widely acclaimed historical works. His books have been translated into about a dozen languages. After several years teaching at various institutions Stewart has become one of Britain's most prolific and popular authors. He has published over 175 titles for adults and children.

Ross is also a frequent, popular speaker to student and adult audiences. His book, The Story of Scotland has won two literary awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-This colorful, attractively designed introduction to the history and development of the Greek theater opens with scenes of the activity and excitement that precede a hypothetical performance of Oedipus the King during the festival known as City Dionysia. They are followed by four-to-eight page chapters on the early history of Greek drama, minor festivals, theater design, actors and choruses, brief biographical sketches on a few playwrights, and the continuing influence of Greek theater. The informative text is choppy at times and one page actually ends with a partial sentence. Numerous reproductions and good-quality, color photographs of ancient sites and artifacts depicting scenes of plays add visual appeal. Colorful boxed quotes from classical plays appear throughout. Don Nardo's Greek and Roman Theatre (Lucent, 1995) is for older students.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Drama Competitionp. 4
Chapter 2 Oedipus the Kingp. 8
Chapter 3 The Worship of Dionysusp. 12
Chapter 4 The Minor Festivalsp. 16
Chapter 5 The City Dionysiap. 20
Chapter 6 The Theatrep. 28
Chapter 7 Actors and Chorusp. 32
Chapter 8 Playwrightsp. 36
Chapter 9 The Legacy of Greecep. 42
Glossaryp. 46
Time Linep. 47
Further Informationp. 47
Indexp. 48