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Origins of Greek Drama 1

Origins of Greek Drama 1 - The"rural Dionysia...

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Ritual o Repeated, unvarying actions of the people o Expresses duty/appreciation, or ask favors of the gods Shamanism o Shaman communicates directly with the gods for the benefit of the people Dance o Expresses rhythm of life without necessarily using words Storytelling o Related to myth, used to educate and entertain The Seeing Place o Modern touring companies o The two components of theatrical space Stage Auditorium o Permanent structure Ritual vs. Theater o Abydos - Egyptian myth of Osiris and Isis Osiris and Isis Osiris is killed, cut up, body parts scattered Isis finds body parts and brings him back to life He is buried at Abydos He is made a god Dionysia - Greek festival celebrating Dionysus o Dionysus - Greek god of agriculture and wine o Symbol of life-giving power o Killed and cut up, body parts scattered o Brought back to life The Golden Age of Greece o Dionysian celebrations Four celebrations held each winter in Athens
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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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