Greek Theater Vocabulary

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English Greek Theater Vocabulary

theatron (or koilon)

the setting, "seeing place", the entire area

orchestra

circular space at the foot of a hill which was a level structure where the ceremony took place

parados

two broad isles that extended from the orchestra on each side of the theatron

skene

a building where the actors could change costume and often provided the backdrop of the play

proskenion

between the skene and the orchestra, from which developed what we now call the stage

Ode

a lyric poem usually marked by serious, respectful, and exalted feelings toward the subject

Episode

a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series

Anagnorisis

when the tragic hero recognizes his or her tragic fall

Catharsis

purging of the emotions

Deus ex Machina

any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve and insoluble difficulty

Peripeteia

a turn of fate that leaves the hero destitute

Stichomythia

quick alternating lines back and forth to make play move along quicker

Dramatic Irony

(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

Pathos

emotional appeal

Greek Tragedy

Characters of high birth or status, experience a series of events that threaten position, suffer a tragic fall of own actions

Tragedy

A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character

Tragic hero

a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering

Hamartia

tragic, fatal flaw

Hubris

excessive pride or self-confidence

prologue

introduction (to a poem or play)

exodus

a departure

strophe

one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama

antistrophe

the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama

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