• Elodie Paillard deposited The Stage and the City in the group Group logo of Classical TraditionClassical Tradition on Humanities Commons 4 months, 1 week ago

    This book explores the staging of non-élite characters in the seven extant tragedies of Sophocles and how they related to contemporary middling citizens. The structure of fifth-century Athenian society underwent deep changes between the early and late plays of Sophocles. The appearance and growing political importance of a middling socio-political group of citizens played a crucial role in the development of Athenian democracy and this phenomenon is closely linked to the way in which non-élite characters are presented in Sophocles’ plays.
    The performances of Sophocles’ tragedies not only reflected changes that took place in the structure of contemporary society but also fostered such changes by attributing increasingly active roles to characters with whom middling citizens could easily identify.