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The Facts On File Companion to Classical Drama
  • Authored by: John E. Thorburn, Jr.
  • From the Series: Companion to Literature
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816052026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5202-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 880
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 688


The great era of classical drama continues to be widely studied today. One of the most extensive works of its kind, The Facts On File Companion to Classical Drama examines the history and development of ancient Greek and Roman drama from the late sixth century BCE through the first century CE. In a highly readable, A-to-Z format, approximately 400 entries cover the 80 complete plays that survived from the classical era; the major authors; the background, characters, and themes of the dramas; and the conventions and practices of their respective theaters. Appendixes include a complete list of authors and titles known to have existed. Authoritative enough for scholarly study, this accessible reference is also a perfect addition to high school and college classrooms.

Entries include:

  • Authors: Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, Menander, Seneca, Sophocles, Terence, and Plautus
  • Dramas: Agamemnon, Antigone, Oedipus Rex, The Suppliant Women, and more
  • Characters: divinities such as Apollo, Dionysus, Heracles, Prometheus, and Zeus, and mortals such as Clytemnestra, Achilles, Iphigenia, Orestes, and Oedipus
  • Settings: Athens, Thebes, Rome, Troy, and more
  • Genres: comedy, tragicomedy, tragedy, and satyr plays
  • Historical personages: Pericles, Themistocles, Augustus, Julius Caesar, and more
  • Concepts, themes, and theatrical terms: chorus, oracle, strophe, deus ex machina, and more.


Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

John E. Thorburn, Jr., holds a Ph.D. in Classics and is an associate professor at Baylor University, where he teaches Latin, Greek, and classical drama. He has published on Greek tragedy and comedy, Greek and Roman history, and a variety of other ancient subjects.

Reviews and Awards

"...a fine resource for high school and undergraduate students studying classical drama, its mythology, and history. His guide is written in clear and easily understood language...The work is a great resource for students and life-long learners...should be useful in large public and academic libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

"...[a] good beginner's guide to classical drama and would be appropriate for both public libraries and academic libraries serving an undergraduate population."

"It is difficult to think of any other resource quite this thorough that combines all of Greek and Roman drama into a convenient single-volume publication. Highly recommended for theater and classical literature collections."
Library Journal

"...one-of-a-kind...a useful tool for students reading and researching ancient plays. It is thorough and nothing similar is in print."
School Library Journal

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