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Greek_Tragedies - Greek Tragedies Classical Greece-Era of...

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Greek Tragedies Classical Greece -Era of “rationality, harmony, heroism, etc.”—beginnings of democracy. >Tragedy challenges these ideas by revealing the duality of society and the shortcomings of human nature. >Purpose was to find and reveal discontinuities, disorder, instability, and create a public understanding of problems in society. -Tragic drama was presented in Athens each spring at the Festival of Dionysus, in honor of its namesake god. -Estimated that these plays were performed to 15,000-18,000 people from around the world. >Audience was divided into “tribes”—people from certain lands sat together. >Stage was near the hill upon which the Acropolis sits. >Actors stood on a raised stage in front of a wooden building, where scenery for the play was displayed. -Each year, 3 poets were invited to present their plays—3 tragedies and 1 satyr (satire/comedy). >These poets were competing for prizes and prestige. >All actors/participants in plays were male, even for female roles.
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