Religion In Greek Theatre

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Religion will, no matter what culture or environment, always be a sensitive topic brought up in conversation. Religion has been dated back before the birth of Jesus Christ which has been placed centuries before that. Religion was a big use and continues to be a use in telling stories or reaching out to specific audiences. We must ask ourselves, “What was Religion’s main use & significance in Theatre Culture?”
I’ve chosen this topic because the subject is talked about briefly. We just know the basics that religion was used heavily in theatre when performed in front of audiences. Religion is still used today in theatre and movies as it was used in Greek theatre beginning around 532 BCE. I believe is a very important topic to be discussed because it’s rarely talked about. Religion is a very important aspect of theatre because the first theatre stories recorded and told had huge ties to religion.
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What were the benefits of using religion in theatre? What was the goal and what audience was being targeted when using religion in theatre? Religion was used first to tell the stories of tragedy. Later on tragedy transitioned to comedy story telling. I want to show how significant it is in theatre today and its culture. I want to first research what were the earlier shows in Greek theatre and who told them (pastors, high priestess). I’ve discovered through research that Greek tragedy, was an component of the ancient rites carried out in honor of Dionysus (Greek God of the harvest), and it heavily influenced the theatre of Ancient Rome. Drama was religion in ancient Greece. Ancient Greeks used drama to advance their culture, and in doing so, they promoted the morals of their gods/goddesses

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