Greek Theater [Aman]

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Syal 1 Aman Syal Professor Mihalopoulos (T.A. Melia) Art History 50 09 May 2004 Greek Vessels in the J. Paul Getty Collection relating to Greek Theaters From studying the past, Greek vessels around the fifth century were heavily influenced by the Greek Theater. In the Greek language, the word theater means to view. The Greeks were the first people to introduce the idea of a theatrical presentation. One of the first places to have a theater was Athens. In these theaters, they showed plays that were usually written in various types of poetry. The most attended performances were tragedies and comedies (Nogara). Tragedies in plays were first introduced in the sixth century by a man named Thespis (Sandels). Comedies, on the other hand, were introduced by a number of the early presenters. The structure of an ancient Greek theater was a masterpiece itself! In the beginning, the theater was just a simple stage with no seats. Around the fifth century, the Greeks decided to reconstruct the idea of a Greek theater. Eventually, they came up with something never seen before. It was a full arena-like structure that seated many viewers making sure everyone had a clear sight of the stage. It was also made sure that the presenters themselves felt comfortable with the surrounding and were supplied with what they needed. Overall, the new theater in the third century was composed of three major parts: the orchestra, the Skene and the main seating, called Theatron (Ley, 11 ) . The orchestra was similar to the shape of a circle, positioned in the front as the main stage area facing the audience. In the center of the orchestra, there was a Thymeli or an altar that was placed for the leader of the chorus to stand on (Ley, 14 ) . Some archaeological research in
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Syal 2 Athens presents the idea that maybe there were orchestras that were rectangular shaped. There are clues that pertain to this, but the majority of the ancient Greek theaters were circular shaped. This is also supported by the Greek theory that the circle was supposed to have supernatural
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