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Unformatted text preview: The "rural Dionysia or "small" Dionysia was at the end of December The Lenea in January The Anthesteria in February The Great Dionysia or City of Dionysia in March o City of Dionysia • 5-7 day festival • Dithyrambic contest • Satyr play • 486 BC - first comedy • Prizes were awarded • The Chorus o To commemorate the god's death, a group of chanters, called the chorus, danced around an altar on which a goat was sacrificed. Therefore, this chorus was called the goat singers, and their ritualistic chant was called the goat-song, or tragos. o The chorus, usually portraying ordinary human society, performed in the dancing area (orchestra) o The Greek chorus was eventually reduced from fifty people to fifteen or twelve by the time of Sophocles o They shared the audience's reactions to events and characters, and sometimes interacted with the actors...
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- Spring '08
- Tragedy, Dionysia, Euripides