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Unformatted text preview: DRAMA 8/27 Notes – Greek D rama City Dionysia – festival in Athens (political celebration to parade its supremacy); began as events to worship Dionysus (half-mortal, mysterious to Greeks), but became more secular eventually Epic Poetry – art of storytelling (drama’s artistic past) Dithyrambs = songs of supplication to gods, sung by 50-men choruses (drama’s religious past) 8 th century BC: origins of Greek democracy, first Olympic games, emergence of the polis as a political system, art of storytelling (epic poetry) 534 BC: Thespis = “first actor”; member of dithyrambic chorus, by separating himself introduced concept of dialogue plays begin to emerge 5 th century BC: plays explored moral/ethical issues • Didaskalos = playwrights (“teacher of the community”) • plays were rarely performed 2x; temporary purpose in society • rules eased up as time passed (2 actors allowed, then 3) • smaller choruses than dithyrambic Literary Conventions-- myth-- chorus-- scenes & choral passages-- no violence Performance Conventions--male actors-- masks-- verse & song--...
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- Fall '08
- Peloponnesian War, Deus ex machina, Dionysia, 5th century BC, outdoor space w/, rama City Dionysia