Saturday, February 20, 2016

Power Point

We made a google slide about the theatre in the Golden Age of Greece in class on Friday

The Theatre of DionysusThe Greeks invented drama and built the first theatre of the world in Athens, which was called the Theatre of Dionysus. It was used for festivals in honor of the god Dionysus, and it could seat 17,000 spectators.

Actors used colorful costumes, masks, and sets to dramatize stories
The plays were about leadership, justice, and the duties owed to the gods
They often included a chorus that danced, sang, and recited poetry
Tragedy and Comedy
Tragedy - a serious drama about common themes such as love, hate, war or betrayal
usually has an main character (tragic hero) with extraordinary abilities and the tragic flaw (excessive pride) caused his downfall
Comedy - contained scenes filled with slapstick situations and crude humor, made fun of politics and respected people and ideas of the time

Aeschylus (tragedy)
- wrote more than 80 plays
- most famous work is the trilogy Oresteia (idea of justice)
Sophocles (tragedy)
- wrote more than 100 plays, including tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone
Euripides (tragedy)

- author of the play Medea (often featured strong women)
Aristophanes (comedy)
- wrote the first great comedies including The Birds and Lysistrata

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