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a set-piece scence in Greek drama where two characters who represent opposing viewpoints debste one another.
Literally 'contest'.
Agones often follow a pattern where each character makes a long speech outlining their position, each followed by an interjection from the chorus and then a rapid exchange in shich the discussion collapses.

Archaic Period

Aproximately from 776BCE (first Olympic Games) to 486BCE (the end of the Persian wars). It is called 'archaic' because it precedes the Classical Period.


In Homer, a scence where a hero execls in battle.
An aristeia is a way to display the hero's kleos in a concrete way.
An aristeia is often preceded by an arming scene.
In Homer, only Greek hereos have aristeiai.


In Greek drama, and some other types of poetry, a group of performers who both sings and dance in the performance of choral odes.

Classical Period

An age that followed the Archaic Period and was followed by the Hellenistic Period. Aproximately 480BCE (end of Persian wars) to 323BCE (the death of Alexander).
With regards to Athens, the first half of the CLassical Period is sometimes known as the 'Golden Age.

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