Mixed Messages in Greek Theatre: an Examination of Vases and Written Histories
No one fully understands the nature of ancient Greek theatre. The barriers that
stand between the scholars of the Twentieth Century and the truth of the
theatrical practices of 5th and 4th centuries B.C. Athens are: 2,500 years of
divergent cultures, incomplete collections of plays, vases, figurines, and
theatre spaces, and a lack of the proper tools with which the evidence can be
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available to the public, and a fuller understanding of the
nature of the Greek theatre is made possible. As Green suggests, perhaps the
vases are most valuable to the 20th century as an aid to "modern imagination."
Certainly, as long as the authority of the experts is kept in check with new
approaches and questions, then the vitality of research into the history of the
Greek theatre will continue.
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