October 10- Aeschylus, Agamemnon

October 10- Aeschylus, Agamemnon - October 10, 2007...

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Unformatted text preview: October 10, 2007 Aeschylus, Agamemnon Family and Community Cultural Context Contemporary western society: theatrical performances available at all times and in many places Fifth-century BCE Athens: drama available only at annual religious festivals in honor of Dionysos (esp. City Dionysia in late March) City Dionysia First day: civic profession to temple of Dionysos (adjacent to theatre), ending with sacrifices to the god at altar in theater One day: competition of dithyrambs (choral songs in honor of Dionysos): each of the ten city subdivisions sponsored a mens chorus and a boys chorus One day: five writers of comedies competed, each producing one play each Three days: competition of tragedies- City official co m mission ed thre e po ets to co m p et e- Each po et st a g e d thre e trag e dies a n d a s atyr play on on e of th e d ays- Three trag e dies could all pres e nt on e interconn ect ed story (trilogy), but n e e d not- Poets in th e co m p etition were award ed first, s econd, a nd third prizes...
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October 10- Aeschylus, Agamemnon - October 10, 2007...

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