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    and danced in honor of Dionysia. They were huge performances of song and dance with participants acting out characters. They would usually take place on the first day and would be the opening to the festivals. They 're also used to compete against each different tribe. Each tribe would have a chorus and they would all perform and the winning chorus would receive a tripod which they would dedicate to Dionysus. Tragedy Tragedy was always performed by an all-male cast that when complete was made up of fifteen chorus-members and three actors that would have played all the speaking roles including the female ones. Although at first the chorus would only perform then Thespis included a single actor to give the chorus an intermission then Aeschylus brought in a second actor and Sophocles a third. Thespis introduced many different theatrical inventions including the mask and tragedy itself. The structure of tragic plays always followed the same pattern, it would start with a prologue then the chorus would enter and then stay on stage for the rest of the performance. The chorus where every important within Greek plays as they sung verses that would help with the trajectory of the play although most of the plot developments where spoken by the three actors. Tragic plays always had an element of Greek mythology incorporated into them even though the subject matters of these plays would be familiar to their audiences. Tragedies where performed at the City of Dionysia and Lenaea…

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    Patriarchy In Greek Drama

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    It is understood that the birth of tragedy and theatre itself occurred in Athens during the sixth century BC. It was in this era and society where drama began to flourish and follow through till a golden age, as the Athenians created a new spring festival called the Great, or City Dionysia. (Brown, 1995, 14). The festival of Dionysus had "developed from older local festivals which celebrated the fermentation of new wine" (Brown, 1995, 14), although it essentially celebrated the Greek god,…

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    Religion In Greek Theatre

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    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 system. Theatre’s and its first genre Greek tragedy began in Athens during the 5th century. The Greeks celebrated several Olympian Gods and gave offerings, some even sacrificial. Several gods for example…

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    The Festival of Dionysus was an ancient festival held in Athens, Greece in which three poets wrote three tragedies and one satyr play that were to be judged in a competition (“Great Dionysia”). All the plays by one poet were witnessed in one day, so the competition was held over a span of three days (Gaines and Westersund). The festival was held in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry (“Great Dionysia”). 2. What is the role of the chorus? The chorus was a group that generally…

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    Speech On Greek Tragedy

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    of ancient Greece, and it corroborates what you can deduce when comparing tragic plays to Homer’s work. The second hypothesis is religious and has much evidence to support it. According to Aristotle (Poetics, 335 BC, 1449a), tragedy would be related to the worship of the Dionysus. During ancient rituals dedicated to the god, choruses used to sing διθυραμβος (singing in honour of Dionysus) and through the time, improvised dialogues would have been inserted into these songs. Besides, Dionysus is a…

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    Anthesteria is the festivals in honour of Dionysus, the God of wine. Anthesteria is held each year for three days in the month of Anthesterion (February–March) celebrating the beginning of spring and the maturing of the wine stored from previous years. On the first day of the festival (Pithoigia, or “Jar Opening”) tributes were offered to Dionysus from the newly opened wine. The second day (Choes, or “Wine Jugs”) was a time of popular merrymaking typified by wine-drinking contests in which even…

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    • City Dionysia – The City of Dionysia, one of if no the most historically famous festivals took place every spring in Athens. The reason for this is because Spring was the best time for sailing. People would travel from all over to join in on the festivities and watch the competitions. It included processions, sacrifices, musical and dramatic performances. The dramatic performances would include three tragedies, a satyr play and choral poetry. The tragedy competition would last three days and…

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    Whilst often being regarded as the birthplace of contemporary theatre, Ancient Greece did not consciously create theatre or define it as such. Branded as agon, the theatre of the time encompassed the notion that religion and religious practice, as an intrinsic part of ancient Greek culture, is the fundamental motive and intention for performance. As a result of such, Greek theatre in the capital, Athens, was performed as a part of a celebration of the god Dionysus – a festival entitled the City…

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    This festival was held to honor the God Dionysus, God of fertility and wine. The central events of this festival were the theatrical performances of tragedies (goat songs) and comedies. Those plays were performed four times a year. The Dionysia festival consisted of two festivals, which are Rural Dionysia and City Dionysia. The City Dionysia was held during March to April. Another purpose of this festival was to use it as the showcase of the Athenian wealth and power. It was also a religious and…

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    At the time, there were hundreds of playwrights, but only three authors’ work survived the time, each of whom were experts and brought new ideas to the world of Greek tragedy. Aeschylus won the prize during Great Dionysia for tragedy in 484 BC and added a second actor to his works. Of the estimated 80 works he wrote, only 7 survive today. Of these seven, three of them are his trilogy, Oresteia, one of theatre’s greatest masterpieces about the end of the curse The House of Atreus. Years later…

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