BBC Primary History - Ancient Greeks - Arts and Theatre
The Greek theatre history began with festivals honoring their gods. A god, Dionysus, was honored with a festival called by "City Dionysia". In Athens, during this festival, men used to perform songs to welcome Dionysus. Plays were only presented at City Dionysia festival.
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The English words for tragedy and comedy come from the language of the Ancient Greeks. Although the Greeks were not the first to perform plays, they were very interested in the origins of tragedy and comedy. In their writings, the philosopher Aristotle and other Greek writers proposed theories and created stories of how the art form of theater was developed.
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Comedy was also an important part of ancient Greek theatre. Comedy plays were derived from imitation; there are no traces of its origin. Aristophanes wrote most of the comedy plays. Out of these 11 plays survived - Lysistrata, a humorous tale about a strong woman who leads a female coalition to end war in Greece.
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The outdoor theater was divided into four distinct areas. The orchestra, which comes from the Ancient Greek words for “dancing space,” was a circular area where the chorus would dance and sing. The earliest orchestras were made of very hard earth but eventually, as the theater evolved, the orchestra was paved with marble or other flooring. The center of the orchestra usually contained an altar to the gods. The orchestra was generally about 60 feet in diameter.
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The tests of the new comedy dealt mostly with social tensions, private lives, family lives and the triumph of love - all in a variety of different contexts.
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By the end of the fourth century and the start of the fifth century BC, the theater had finally become formalized and was then a major part of Greek culture and civic pride.
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But, the major Hellenistic form of theater was not tragedy but new comedy.
The most important contribution made by Greek comedy was the influence it has on Roman comedy, a influence that is so strong and can still be seen in surviving works of Terence and Plautus.
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Greek plays were performed in outdoor theaters. At the start, the theaters were in open areas located in the center of the city or next to hillsides. The audience would stand or sit to listen and watch the chorus sing about the adventures of a god or hero. Toward the end of the 6th century B.C.E., theater structures became more elaborate. As the theater became more and more popular and competitive among cities, theaters became larger with some structures accommodating as many as 15,000 people at one time.