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The Faber Pocket Guide to Greek and Roman Drama

John Burgess

The Faber Pocket Guide to Greek and Roman Drama by John Burgess is an indispensable resource for the theatregoer, the student, and the general reader.

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An essential, refreshingly accessible guide to Greek and Roman drama containing entries for forty plays by all the major dramatists in the classical world – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence and Seneca.

Features include:

Playwright biographies
Synopses and detailed commentary
Advice on the best translations available
A survey of the ancient theatre and its social and political background.

Written by John Burgess, freelance director and former Head of New Writing at the National Theatre, this book is an indispensable resource for the theatregoer, student and general reader.

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An excellent introduction

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An invaluable guide


John Burgess is a freelance director and lives in London. He worked for fourteen years at the National Theatre where he directed works from the classical, romantic and modern repertoires as well as many new plays. He helped found the NT Studio in 1984 and was the National Theatre’s Head of New Writing 1989-94. He has directed abroad in Switzerland,…

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