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Golden Age of Greek Drama

5th Century B.C.E.

Practices of Greek Drama

Anual celebration called "Great Dionysia"
parades, sacrifices, concerts, 3 days of drama
Everyone was @ dramas

God honored by theater festival

Dionysus, god of wine and fertility

Proskenion

raised platform where actors perform (stage

Satyr Play

humorous and silly plays performed during the morning to lighten mood

Skene

wooden building which served as a backdrop, behind proskenion

Tetralogy

trilogy and satyr play combined

Theatron

bleachers of the theater that wrapped around the orchestra

Thespis

the earliest known hypocrites (actors today called thespians)

Thymele

altar at the center of the orchestra

Trilogy

three related tragedies submitted by a poet for the festival

hypocrites

"one who answers back"
an actor

Orchestra

large circular area at ground level in which the chorus performed

Paradoi

two huge entrances to the theater on opposite sides

Prologue

opening scene

Dithyramb

a wild or ecstatic song of praise

Chorus

singers (or chanters) of songs of of praise

Archon

administrator of Athens (like a mayor)

Amphitheater

an open-air area/stadium used for entertainment and performances

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