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Ancient Greek Tragedy Sophocles, Oedipus the King a.k.a. Oedipus Tyrannus or Oedipus Rex premiered at the Great Dionysia ca.428 BCE
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Reconstruction of the Theatre of Dionysus
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Map of Ancient Athens
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Schedule of Great Dionysia ( first tragedy prize awarded 534 BCE to Thespis “thespian”) Day 1: Procession of the statue of Dionysus and the proagon Day 2: Dithryramb (chorus) competitions each of 10 Athenian tribes sent representatives poems usually related to Dionysus myth Day 3: Comedy competition (5 playwrights) Aristophanes (448-380 BCE) Day 4-6: Tragedy competition, preceded by civic- religious ceremonies Winners announced, public assembly
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Tragedy competition ( Oedipus won 2nd ~428 BCE) Each day one playwright presented set of four plays 3 tragedies 1 satyr play (Euripides’s Cyclops is only survivor) All based on the same myth Adaptation of myths from Bronze Age (up to 1200 BCE) e.g. House of Atreus myth adapted by Aeschylus (525- 456 BCE) for The Oresteia trilogy t A satyr (half-goat) with Dionysus
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