Ancient Greek Theater & Lysistrata.pptx - Ancient Greek Theater This is where it all began the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens Dionysus God of wine

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Ancient Greek Theater
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This is where it all began: the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens
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Dionysus God of wine, theatre, revelry, and fertility Born from the thigh of Zeus Instructed on winemaking Greek theatre came out of the worship of Dionysus
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Theater of Dionysus First performed on the stone floors in the countryside of Greece Temples served as a background for early performances
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The Theatre of Dionysus was first dug out of the slope beneath the south side of the Acropolis in the late 6th century BCE. It was rebuilt and expanded many times, and so it is difficult to tell exactly what its original shape is.
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1. Theater is a ritualistic art form which celebrates the Olympian gods who often appeared as characters 2. Dionysus, god of wine and procreation, was honored at the dramatic festivals 3. Legendary kings and heroes were often portrayed as well
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The Physical Structure of the Theater
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The theatron held benches on which the audience sat. The semi-circular theatron was specifically built in to a hillside to provide good views of the action. The orchestra was the circular dancing place for the chorus. The parados were two broad aisles which allowed the chorus to enter the theater. Parados is also the term for the entrance song of the chorus.
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The skene was a rectangular building with three doors which provided a generic backdrop for entrances and exits of the characters The proskenion was a small platform in front of the skene to give actors more visibility to the audience
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The Chorus 1.establishes ethical framework, sets up standard by which action will be judged 2.sets mood and heightens dramatic
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