August 27 notes

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August 27, 2008 Drama 115 Notes Perspectives in Western Drama Medea o Written in about 5 th  century BC Greek Drama 5 th  Century BC o Terms City Dionysia –  (social/civic/political event) Big yearly blowout when Athens parades its supremacy  throughout empire Called Dionysia b/c it was originally outgrowth  celebrating/worshipping the god  Dionysus   o (god of wine and vegetative growth; patron god of  theatre and drama/associated with loosening  consciousness/transgresses boundaries) o Zeus has affair with Simile and his wife tries to get  back at him and gets Simile to get Zeus to show her  what he is like outside his costume and when he does  she incinerates o Zeus takes baby from Simile’s womb and sews it in  his womb – becomes Dionysus – somewhat both  human and immortal o Anything that broke mold of everyday ordinary  existence had relation to Dionysus 
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Political celebration of the Athens strength and power in the  Greek civilization City would shut down for a week and people were  encourage to enjoy and celebrate
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