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theatron
seeing place, theatres built on hills for viewing
Plautus
wrote comedies, the basis of all sit coms
thymele
altar at the center of the orchestra
phylakes
temporary raised stages in the towns
orchestra
dancing space for the chorus
duke's seat
another name for the orchestra
fabula attellana
improvised comedy, the basis for comedia dell art
periaktoi
triangular untis that allowed for scene changes
pinakes
flats connected to the skene
ekkyklema
rolling cart for exposure of hidden scenes
seneca
wrote tragic plays later
theatre of pompey
first permanent theatre of rome
Terence
ex-slave wrote complex comedies about life and relationships
cothurni
platform boots
City Dionysia
most important of all the play festivals, in athens in April, all new plays, 5 comic poets.
Archon
presided over the festival
Dionysus (the god)
Originally patron God of a cult of women from Thrace that celebrated Wine and fertility. Later co-opted by the government, and given own festival.
skene
place where actors changed
prohedria
comfortable seating for leaders
mechane/ machina
device that allowed characters to "fly" and gods to descend down onthe the eart.
Theatre at Epidaurus
had perfect acoustics
Dithyramb
choral hymn, first sung to Gods, later to heros of war
choregus
patron $$ of the plays
Protagonist (word origin)
main character proto (first), agon (struggler) agonist (debate)
Agora
marketplace / flat rectangular gathering place with some wooden risers - original theatre spaces
Thespis
first actor, stage manager, director - broke away from the chorus, played a God, depicte another.
Tetrology
3 tragic plays and 1 satyr play
Rural Dionysia
mid-winter play festival, leader of chorus got a goat, aka a Tragos (= root of word tragedy)
Lenaea
January festival of comedies and "merry making" Cosmos (masquerade)
Aeschylus
great playwright, wrote the only surviving trilogy the Orestia, complex human relationships.
Sophocles
Another tragic writer, wrote Oedipus
Euripides
last great writer of greek tragedy
Aristophanes
only comic dramatist of Athens
Who paid the actors?
the state
onkos
headdresses
socci
light slippers worn by comic actors
Menander
wrote "New Comedy" after Aristophanes.