Antigone List of Terms
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a maximum of 3 actors (Sophocles added third actor), all were professionals. Masks allowed each actor to play multiple roles.
group of 12 - 15 men who sing and dance. Represent the collective community, but not
necessarily the poet's thoughts. One chorus leader can step forward to speak with actors;
represents community or townspeople
Epilogue or Exodus
final speech at the end of the play with commentary or summarized action
a scene of dialogue between two actors
circular dancing area between the actors and the audience; the chorus and orchestra perform in this space.
opens the tragedy and provides background information
the first ode the chorus sings as it enters the orchestra; side entrance to the theater used by chorus
façade of skene which served as backdrop
pronounced "skaynay"; building or tent at back of acting area; often painted for scenery,
backstage area, dressing rooms.
Stasimon or Ode
a lyrical song; any choral ode sung subsequent to the parados
first part of stasimon; sung by chorus moving left to right
response to strophe; sung by chorus moving right to left
"seeing place" where audience sits
alter to Dionysus in center of orchestra
god of prophecy, healing, archery, music and reason. Often contrasted with the irrational Dionysus. Apollo oversaw the growth of boys into men
also known as Bacchus; god of wine, ecstasy, and the theater
the city of Dionysia; site of annual spring festival in honor of Dionysus, when dramatic competitions were held among three poets selected by the city
mythical creature with the head of a human and body of a lion; clever riddles
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