Greek Theatre in the Context of Cult and Culture

Lada Stevanović,
Institute of Etnography, SASA, Belgrade free ebooks/ english

Different Theoretical Approaches
Paper is going to research Greek theatre and its relation to Dionysian cult, giving an outline of the most recognized theories in the field dealing with the issue, in order to map some of the methods and insights of the contemporary approach to Antiquity. Side by side to the acknowledged theoriesmof Jean-Pierre Vernant (French Anthropological School of Antiquity) and of Walter Burkert, I am going to represent research of theoretician, Classicist and a specialist in Balkan linguistics and religion of an older
generation, active in Belgrade still in the middle of the 20th century, Milan Budimir, whose visionary work sheds a new light on the contemporarytheories.

The aim of this paper is threefold. First, I want to introduce some of the key concepts, and arguments of the most influential and approved approaches to antiquity today – by Walter Burkert and by one of the representatives of French Anthropological School of Antiquity, in particular Jean-Pierre Vernant. I am going to focus on their studies problematizing ancient tragedy in the context of the Dionysos’ cult. Side by side to mentioned theories, I would like to put forward the argumentation about a theoretician less recognized world-wide and out of his own language area, Milan Budimir. Although belonging to a different, earlier generation, the ideas and work of Milan Budimir deserve to be presented together with the most influential theories of today. The importance of this is basic for the standpoint of the French Anthropological school (as well the other humanities) that science, unlike religion, searches not for the truth, but for knowledge. free ebooks/ english