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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter reports on how Greek drama is being used outside of traditional theatrical contexts to promote civic discourse and address public health needs. In Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives and Theater of War, Greek tragedy is applied to speak directly to issues of war and trauma and to engage American military veterans. These activities are illustrative not only of the ways in which ancient material is circulating to new audiences, but also of the multiplicity evident in the reception of classical work and of the reciprocal effect on our understanding of the sources themselves. This chapter seeks to consolidate the accounts of these theatrical projects, providing an overview of a particular cultural and theatrical moment that has significant theoretical implications for the disciplines of theater studies and classical receptions.

Keywords: Greek tragedy, combat trauma, trauma, war, veterans, social theater, applied theater, Theater of War, Aquila Theatre

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