Abstract–Early Reperformances of Drama in the Fifth Century: A Fallacy or an Underestimated Tradition?

This paper investigates the early reperformances of ancient Greek drama in the fifth century BC. By reconsidering epigraphical and literary evidence, I seek to challenge the orthodoxy concerning the fourth-century beginning of dramatic reperformances and draw an earlier borderline that goes back to the fifth century. In the first part of my paper I re-examine ‘traditional’ evidence on the reperformances of Aeschylus, while in the second, I discuss information on possible reperformances of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, as gathered from less-discussed sources. In the last part of my presentation, I evaluate the evidence and try to propose a theory about the beginning and the development of reperformances in the fifth century.