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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 (dramas artistic past) Dithyrambs = songs of supplication to gods, sung by 50-men choruses (dramas 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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