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Greek Drama Origin and Characteristics of Plays Plays began as Festivals to Dionysus o Sang songs, prizes for best song, best singer, then skits along with songs o Skits came to best actor, best play Thespis (534 BC)- first person to win a best actor award Plays were put on 3 times a year City of Dionysia- 3 day festival to Dionysus; took place in march of each year; big one o Tragedy writers submitted 3 plays, comedy 1 play o 10 people on committee by lottery o A producer was assigned to the writers and funded the whole thing o Plays were for competition o This was the only time a play could be performed Lenaean Festival o Held in January Rural Dionysia o Plays in village Greek Theater Only 3 actors at a time, played all roles using masks Chorus- 12 men that would perform countless roles Tragedies: Aeschylus
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Most tragedies based on legends First of the great tragedy writers 525-456 BC 7 complete plays left, and one trilogy Agamemnon o
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