The Orgins of Greek Theatre

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There is no denying the fact that theatre is truly a link between all civilizations it comes in many forms spiritual rituals, storytelling, hymns, odes, and performances. It has been utilized during the many downfalls of civilizations as a means of communication and was truly shaped by the Greeks. The origins of theatre can be traced back to the Greeks as a religious ritual to their gods, to their implementations of the technical aspects of theatre, through their plays and also through the actual stages that they constructed. These aspects have proven to have a lasting effect even into todays society and without the Greeks influence on theatre, theatre as we know it, would cease to exist (Schanker and Ommanney 298). The origins of Greek…show more content…
Satyrs were intended to cheer up the audience through its crude and funny subject matter and by ridiculeing human lewdness, societal views and had the goal of changing something through mockery. The term satyr actually derived from the mythical creatures Satyrs who were half beast half human and were known for displaying vulgar characteristics driven by drinking, food, erotic tendencies and money (Crawford, Hurst and Lugering). Comedy was not actually supported by the state until 486 B.C.E. and was most profoundly known by the playwright Aristophanes that produced the only comedy play that has survived through this genre. Comedies typically involved singing and dancing, the same lewd subject matter displayed in satyres and the characters within comedies were typically from a lower class than the characters within tragedies. Aristophanes was known for giving the characters within his plays characteristics that focused on “a single obsessive dimension of human character and turned it into stereotype or caricature” (Crawford, Hurst and Lugering 114). *two more sentences The Greeks also made monumental advancements in regards to the technical aspects of theatre; they utilized costumes, masks, lighting, movements and voices of the actors to enhance their performances. . Although much of the information on costumes worn in Greek tragedies has been lost or destroyed pottery from the Greeks has offered the

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