ENGL 230 - Lecture 5

ENGL 230 - Lecture 5 - ENGL 230 Lecture 5 Greek tragedy is...

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ENGL 230 Lecture 5 Greek tragedy is all about Dionysos God of Wine - with a Satyr o Satyr is half beast and is a worshiper of Dionysos o Tragedy starts out as a part of the festival of Dionysos 5th c BC Athenian plays were tragedy A dithyramb is a singing chorus - a singing dancing ritual chorus o Over time characters break off of the chorus and become characters o Becomes dramatic art Would have been wooden seating in a semi circle with the temple of Dionysos in the back 4th C BC - seating was built into the cliff - section for the chorus at the bottom (orchestra) - Skene behind the orchestra Conventions of tragedy o 2 or 3 actors All actors are male and is a civil-religious duty o Choros o Masks o Structure Prologue - someone who comes on and introduces the scene Parados/Eisodos - marching song when the choros are coming into the orchestra area Episode - acting things that go between the choral songs Choral Stasimon - all the choral bits we have
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ENGL 230 - Lecture 5 - ENGL 230 Lecture 5 Greek tragedy is...

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