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Agon
the Greek word for conflict b/w an antagonist and a protagonist
Aristotle
ancient greek philospher who wrote a treatise on Greek drama called the poetics
Thespis
credited with being the first actor in 6th century B.C.E., our word thespian comes from him
city of dionysia
festivial in Ancient athens honoring the Greek God Dionysus where first dramatic competition started in 534 B.C.E
aeschylus
ancient greek playwright who lived from 524-456 B.C.E. , credited with adding a second actor onstage, wrote "the orestia", seven of his plays exist
sophocles
ancient greek playwright who lived from 496-406 B.C.E., wrote w/ adding a third actor onstage, wrote Oepidus Rex, Anitigone; seven plays exist
Euripides
Ancient greek playwright who lived from 484-406 B.C.E., wrote Medea, the trojan women, the bacchae; eighteen of his plays exist
Aristophanes
ancient greek play wright who lived from 342-290 B.C.E. wrote comedies with fanatsy themes such as the birds the wasps the frogs, lysistrata; eleven plays extant
menander
ancient greek playwright who lived from 342-290 B.C.E. one of the most popular playwrights of antiquity, we only have one complete plate, Dsykolos(the grouch) and parts of over eighty plays
Horace
ancient roman philospher who wrote a treatise called Ars Poetica
Machina
a crane used to show characters in flight , or suspended above the earth
Deus ex machina
literally translated as "god from the machine" which refers to a contrived ending to a plot
proscenium
roman theatre term for the area in front of the scene building which was a raised acting platform 100 to 200 ft long
cycle play
"mega-play"
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