October 24 - Ancient Greek Drama Ancient Greek Drama o...

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October 24, 2007 Ancient Greek Drama Ancient Greek Drama o Drama: performances of narrative poetry at festivals of Dionysos Varieties of dram in many poleis Cult hymns by chorus (exchanges between chorus and leaders) Humorous skits in disguises Tragedy and comedy (multiple actors, dialogue) only in Athens Myths of Dionysos o Dionysos: god of wine and ecstasy (opposite of Apollo); in Lin B Fertility: nature (grape vine) and culture (fermentation) Symbols: grape, ivy, wild animals; disguises, thyrsus , phallus Representations: youth, long hair, smiling o Birth: Zeus and Theban princess Semele Her death by lightening: gestation in Zeus’ thigh (twice-born) o Wanderings: leaves Thebes for East Spreads wine and rituals, gathers bands of Maenads, satyrs Dionysos and the pirates o Returns to Greece In disguise at Thebes King Pentheus rejects, dies Spreads cult through Greece o Takes place among the Olympian gods Demeter gives up her seat (fertility aspect) Athenian tragedy: origins o Tragoidia (“goat song”) Tragos = male goat ( phallus ) o Origins in ritual songs for Dionysos (dithyramb) Northern Peloponnesos (Corinth, Sikyon) and colonies (Sicily) Dialogue between chorus and leader o Athenian tragedy
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course CLA 2100 taught by Professor Marks during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.

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