The Mystery Theatre in Greece – Tragedy by Jorge A. Livraga


A central premise of this book is that theatre meant something very different to the ancient Greeks than is usually understood today. We tend to consider theatre as being at best an approximation of ‘reality’, if not a distortion of it.

To the Greeks, however, the experience of theatre was intrinsically INITIATORY, leading the participant into realms ordinarily unavailable to humankind. In other words, theatre was thoroughly infused with, impregnated by, a sense of the spiritual, the transcendent, the mystical.

Through this work, the author helps us not only to understand more about Greek Tragedy, but to understand a little more about the ‘theatre of life’.