Greek Theatre Vocabulary
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a group of performers who functioned as a commentary on and as an accompaniment to the action of the play.
the head chorus member who could enter the story as a character able to interact with the characters in the play.
one of two principle dramatic forms of theater in ancient Greece - divided into three periods: Old Comedy, MIddle Comedy, and New Comedy
Comedy and Tragedy Masks
used to show the emotions, switch between roles, and play characters of a different gender
an emotional chorus hymn or speech sung by a group of men to honor dionysus
a festival in ancient Athens in Honor of the god Dionysus where a theatrical competition between 3 playwrights was the main event.
the god of wine, fertility, and revelry.
a wheeled wagon used to bring dead characters into view for the audience trap doors, or similar openings in the ground to lift people onto stage.
A crane that gave the impression of a flying actor.
"dancing place" - flat terrace where the chorus performed
pictures hung into the scene to show a scene's scenery.
a genre that deals with the mythological subject matter of the tragedies, but in a purely comedic manner
changing hut (the source for the word "scene") which eventually became the backdrop/setting.
Slope- "watching place"- From which the word "theatre" was derived.
credited as the first writer of tragedy (won the first playwright contest at Dionysia) as well as the first actor (stepped out of the chorus and impersonated a character.
a common term for "performer," derived from "Thespis"
more complex pictures built into the second-level scene (3rd level from the ground).
(literally "goat-song") is a form of art based on human suffering that offers its audience pleasure.