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Theater: Greek Theater Anatomy and Roman Theater Playwrights and Philosophers

STUDY
PLAY
parados
where chorus appears
altar
reminder that theater was used for religious purposes
skene
scene building/dressing rooms/ where props are stored
orchestra
playing area for actors, dancing area
deus ex machina
anything that unravels plot/ god will swoop in and save the day
catharsis
when audience feels empathy for actor identify with emotional pain, was the audience moved?
audience
viewing area, hubrus hamanshra(the person has to do it themselves)
all violence appears OFFstage
plautus
comic, followed aristophanes, domestic, over the top, loss of status in the play, musical comedy, physically big
oedipus rex- basis for 6 elements of drama
shakespeare steals from him
terrance
comic, complex character intricate use of language subtly of expression, stole people's work and improved it; slave first known black playwright, double plot, domestic, character, witty, avoided stereotype, DID NOT STOOP LOW ENOUGH FOR ROMANS.
shakespeare steals from him
seneca
tragedy, stole from greeks, own revision of oedipus, so violent it was never staged, moral evil on society, graphic violence, wrote to readers, made things shallow, he was ordered to take his own life, was the king of classical writing, did not heal society, 5 act structure, mixes comedy and tragedy
shakespeare steals from him
horace
values eye ore than ear, tragedy-royal; comedy- commoners, drama was to teach, violence happened off scene, 3 person playwright, following death no one defined theater until 800-1,000 years later