Key Points Reading 29-38. AUG 27

Key Points Reading 29-38. AUG 27 - Key Points to Know from...

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Key Points to Know from Reading 29-38 1. Origins of Greek Drama (29-30) a. Dionysus – the closest Greek counterpart to Osiris was Dionysus, who inspired orgiastic celebrations that found their way into early Greek drama. Dionysus was an agricultural deity, the Greek god of wine and the symbol of life-giving power. In several myths he, like Osiris, was ritually killed and dismembered and his parts scattered through the land. These myths paralleled the agricultural cycle of death and disintegration during the winter, followed by cultivation and rebirth in the spring, and reinforced the Greeks’ understanding of the meaning of birth, life, and death. b. The Four Dionysian Celebrations – drama developed in ancient Greece in close connection with the Dionysia, religious celebrations dedicated to Dionysus. Four were held each winter in Athens beginning at the grape harvest and culminating during the first wine tastings: the Rural Dionysia in December, the Lenaia in January, the Anthesteria in February, and the City Dionysia in March. Except for the Anthesteria, the festivals featured drama contests among playwrights, and some of the works performed in those competitions have endured through the centuries.— was the ritual attempt to guarantee fertility and the growth of the crops, on which the society depended. The most lavish festival was The City Dionysia and it lasted from five to seven days. c.
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