Ancient Greek Drama

Ancient Greek Drama - Ancient Greek Drama Oedipus Rex 16:50:00 What was the form of theatre in ancient Greece What were the elements of the theatre

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Ancient Greek Drama: Oedipus Rex 21/04/2008 15:50:00 What was the form of theatre in ancient Greece? What were the elements of the  theatre? The storyline in Greek plays was usually a reconstruction of a myth. The themes  came from stories people already knew In Oedipus Rex we see the Theben legend: Thebes founded by Cadmus, his  companions eaten by a dragon, Cadmus slays the dragon, sows the dragon’s  teeth and people help to found the city of Thebes. Oedipus is a descendent of  Cadmus, 5 generations after. This story was dramatized 13 times before Sophocles’ version takes the  stage. 5 th  Century BC Greek lands separated into tribes. Each tribe brings a play to the city of Dionysia for a dramamtic competition.  To win is high prestige. CIVIC IMPORT theatre was more than entertainment it had civic import and  was linked to civic life. Choregus : in charge of the organizing and financing etc. for the play. Also was in  charge of finding dramatist, chorus, actors. This person would be a leading figure in the  city. The Chorus : young men of military age. When performing were not required to  fight, however their instruction was rather militant/drill-like. Represent the public. Why go see a play whose plot line you already know? People of ancient Greece were familiar with most of the plays performed 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 230 taught by Professor Hurley during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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Ancient Greek Drama - Ancient Greek Drama Oedipus Rex 16:50:00 What was the form of theatre in ancient Greece What were the elements of the theatre

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