Tiden selv i udtog og kort begreb – Antikkens teaterhistorie i hovedtræk
By Klaus Neiiendam
This book is in Danish.
The art of the stage is seen by most people as the most volatile of the arts. For Søren Kierkegaard on the other hand, the experience of the big stage moment was in concordance with eternity, as it contained eternal life in the memory of the audience. Shakespeare claimed, that the actors were "Time itself in an abstract and short concept". In other words, that each time has its own ideals, which are displayed on stage.
Antique theater also had widely different epochs. This book tries to summarize the highlights of the antique history of theater from its origin 534 BC to the Eastern Roman Empire's downfall with conquest of Constantinopel 1453 AD. The list comprises seven chapters: The origin of the Greek tragedy, the tragedists, the Greek scene, the old Attic comedy, the theater in Rome and the theater in the late Roman period. The emphasis is put on the scenic rendering of the plays, that not only meant something to the time, but that were also important in later times.
Scenic effects like "Charon's steps", "The rolling platform" and "God from the machine" are accounted for in an attempt to uncover reactions to these of the audience. Likewise, emphasis is put on the archeological sources so that, after a source critical treatment, an account of the contemporary impression of the action on the scene back then, can be given.