The History And Development Of The Ancient Greek Theatre

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Our dramas, plays and theatres today are all originally inspired by the classic Greek theatres. The classic Greek theatres can be said as the pioneer in theatricals. As early as 700 B.C., ancient Greek theatre was originated. There are four qualities of ancient Greek theatre which are the occasions for its performance, competitive element, choral element and the basis of the theatre. The earliest theatres or dramas were staged during spring to honor the god Dionysus. This festival, “City Dionysia” was established by the Athenian ruler named Pisistratus. In Greek mythology, Dionysus was known as the son of Zeus, the only god who was born by one god and one mortal parent, Semele. He was also known as the god of wine, fertility and revelry. He was raised by satyrs, killed, dismembered and was actually reborn. While other gods had temples for themselves, the cult of Dionysus was hold in the wood. It was believed that he could liberate and inspire man. It was also believed that he could endow man with divine creativity. Thus, Dionysus was considered as a patron of arts. As had been mentioned earlier, the festival, City Dionysia featured competition such as in music, dance, poetry and singing and prizes were awarded to the winners each year. Actors and playwrights presented tragedies and comedies during the three days of this festival and they…show more content…
The earliest example of a circular stage occurs in theatre remains dating back to 330 B.C. Before that period, stages probably were rectangular and the theatre itself constructed out of wood. Other fixtures included a large platform on wheels that could be rolled in to show the aftermath of a scene not acted out in front of the audience, and a device used like a crane to lift actors so they appeared to be floating in mid-air. In some plays this device was used for actors portraying
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