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Constructing a Hellenic modernism: Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Syracuse (1914–30)

Di Martino, Giovanna; (2024) Constructing a Hellenic modernism: Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Syracuse (1914–30). Classical Receptions Journal , 16 (1) pp. 16-34. 10.1093/crj/clad025. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the aesthetic means employed in classical performances produced by the Institute of Ancient Drama (INDA) in Syracuse between 1914 and 1930, with a particular focus on performances of Aeschylus’ tragedies. The first part of this study traces the influences of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century modernist and avant-garde movements on the Syracusan project, including the experiments pioneered by the radical French gauche, the German productions directed by Hans Oberländer with Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Mollendorf in the role of dramaturg and translator, as well as Max Reinhardt’s early engagements with ancient Greek drama and his vision of theatre (particularly his Theatre of the Five Thousand). It then discusses the aesthetic trajectory that productions of ancient Greek drama, and more specifically those of Aeschylus’ plays, underwent from INDA’s beginnings in 1914–30, when an all-fascist governing body was installed at its helm.

Type: Article
Title: Constructing a Hellenic modernism: Aeschylus at the ancient theatre of Syracuse (1914–30)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/crj/clad025
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/crj/clad025
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2024. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10185685
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