Greek and Roman actors : aspects of an ancient profession


Greek and Roman actors : aspects of an ancient profession

edited by Pat Easterling and Edith Hall

Cambridge University Press, 2007, c2002

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First published 2002

Includes bibliographical references and indexes



This collection of twenty essays examines the art, profession and idea of the actor in Greek and Roman antiquity, and has been commissioned and arranged to cast as much interdisciplinary and transhistorical light as possible on these elusive but fascinating ancient professionals. It covers a chronological span from the sixth century BC to Byzantium (and even beyond to the way that ancient actors have influenced the arts from the Renaissance to the twentieth century) and stresses the huge geographical spread of ancient actors. Some essays focus on particular themes, such as the evidence for women actors or the impact of acting on the presentation of suicide in literature; others offer completely new evidence, such as graffiti relating to actors in Asia Minor; others ask new questions, such as what subjective experience can be reconstructed for the ancient actor. There are numerous illustrations and all Greek and Latin passages are translated.


  • List of illustrations
  • List of contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • Maps
  • Part I. The Art of the Actor: 1. The singing actors of antiquity Edith Hall
  • 2. The musicians among the actors Peter Wilson
  • 3. The use of the body by actors in tragedy and satyr-play Kostas Valakas
  • 4. Towards a reconstruction of performance style Richard Green
  • 5. Kallippides on the floor-sweepings: the limits of realism in classical acting and performance styles Eric Csapo
  • 6. Looking for the actor's art in Aristotle G. M. Sifakis
  • 7. Acting, action and words in New Comedy Eric Handley
  • 8. 'Acting down': the ideology of Hellenistic performance Richard Hunter
  • Part II. The Professional World: 9. Nothing to do with the technitai of Dionysus? Jane L. Lightfoot
  • 10. Actors and actor-managers at Rome in the time of Plautus and Terence Peter G. McC. Brown
  • 11. The masks on the propylon of the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias John Jory
  • 12. Images of performance: new evidence from Ephesus Charlotte Roueche
  • 13. Female entertainers in late antiquity Ruth Webb
  • 14. Acting in the Byzantine theatre: evidence and problems Walter Puchner
  • Part III. The Idea of the Actor: 15. Actor as icon Pat Easterling
  • 16. Scholars versus actors: text and performance in the Greek tragic scholia Thomas Falkner
  • 17. Orator and/et actor Elaine Fantham
  • 18. Acting and self-actualisation in imperial Rome: some death scenes Catharine Edwards
  • 19. The subjectivity of Greek performance Ismene Lada-Richards
  • 20. The ancient actor's presence since the Renaissance Edith Hall
  • Glossary
  • List of works cited
  • Index of major ancient passages cited
  • General index.

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