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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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Theorizing the Chorus in Greece

Theorizing the Chorus in Greece

(p.15) 1 Theorizing the Chorus in Greece
Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Oxford University Press

In ‘Theorizing the Chorus in Greece’, Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi discusses important instances in which the chorus and the broader phenomenon of chorality were theorized in ancient philosophical and interpretative discourses. Plato’s works contain a variety of attitudes towards the chorus, ranging from intriguing silence, to striking choral fantasies, and, finally, to the most extensive surviving discussion of the cultural role of the chorus. Although the role of civic choreia is underexplored in Aristotelian philosophy, the structural significance of the chorus in tragedy is addressed. Nevertheless, the chorus’s dramatic, and especially cathartic, role is missing, despite the philosopher’s awareness of the cathartic function of music. Questions are raised regarding the extent to which post-classical approaches to the chorus, especially in the scholia and in literary criticism, indicate a deeper theoretical engagement with chorality. Finally, the suggestion is made that later discourses about pantomime-dancing incorporated and elaborated on earlier discourses about Greek choreia.

Keywords:   Plato, Aristotle;scholia;ancient Greek chorus;ancient Greek literary criticism, pantomime, chorality

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