Many studies have recently focused on the performative aspect of Greek drama, clarifying the visual elements of the plays, such as space, props, gestures, and masks. Still, relatively few inquiries link the findings of these investigations on performance with the main political issues that characterized the historical moment in which tragedy and comedy came to light. This research proposal will compare and contrast Aristophanes with Euripides concerning the interplay between the domestic world of the oikos and the civic space through the symbolic opposition of the "inside" area of the scene-building (the skene) and the "outside" area of the acting space (the orchestra). In this way, the research approach will combine the close philological reading of the specific plays with methodological tools developed by studies on ancient theatre performance, such as the analysis of the entrance and exit of the characters to and from the scenic spaces. This inquiry will demonstrate how Old Comedy and Tragedy worked the stage space differently in order to communicate a particular vision of interaction between household and the city. Therefore, this research project has significant consequences for both the broader domain of the ancient Greek discourses about citizenship and polis, as well as the dynamics of literary genres in classical Greece.
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