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  • Theater And The Performing Arts
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    Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the Arts today is the Performing Arts. Yet, without previous cultures such as the ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Europeans, we would not have the entertaining, history enriched performing arts that we do now. The history of the Ancient Greek Theater begins with a man known as Thespis. A figure of whom we know very little, he won the play competition in honor of the Greek god Dionysus, in 534 B.C. While it is uncertain whether Thespis was a playwright, ...
  • Origins Of Early Greek Theater
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    Nicole Jarrell Intro to Theatre Ms. Elizabeth TaheriOctober 10, 2000 Theatre as a Religious Ceremony "The drama in Greece was inextricably bound up with religious feeling and religious observance". (Cheney 33) The citizens of the Greek states were the first European communities to raise dramatic performances to the level of an art. Furthermore, the Greek playwrights still exercise a potent creative force, and many modern dramatists find strong relationships between these legendary themes and mod...
  • Origin Of The Greek Theater
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    The Greek Theater: "The arts of the western world have been largely dominated by the artistic standards established by the Greeks of the classical period" (Spreloosel 86). It is from the Greek word theatron, meaning a place for sitting, that we get our word theater. According to James Butler, "The Greeks were the first people to erect special structures to bring audiences and theatrical performers together" (27). "The theaters were normally located near a populated area at the bottom of or cut o...
  • Greek Theater Masks
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    Greece is recognized for inventing dramatic theater around the sixth century BC. The first Greek theater works were all tragedies, or tragic plays. In his work Poetics, written around 330 BC, Aristotle explains that Greek tragedies evolved from dithyrambs. Dithyrambs are choral hymns written to and about Dionysus, the Greek god of wine-as a character speaks, the chorus sings in response. In the 5th century BC, Greek tragedy was at its peak. Over 1000 plays were written during this time, although...
  • Earliest Greek Rituals
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    There are many theories about the origins of theater; the common element in most theories is the role that primitive ritual played in the development of drama. Primitive societies, which did not have written languages, used ritual enactment to show their understanding of the human condition and of the world around them. Ritual was also a way of communicating this knowledge to others. Furthermore, it was believed that ritual could be used to influence or control natural phenomenon such as rainfal...
  • Great Greek Tragedies
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    "Ancient Greece" One of the most noted periods in Grecian history is what is known as the Classical Age. This period lasted from about 480 to 323 BC. This was the most prosperous period and many ideas, products, and institutions were created and used to this day, as was the case in ancient Egypt (web). One of the most interesting things about this period was the fact that there was no main ruler like there is today. The many Greek communities ruled themselves and took great pride in this. This w...
  • Skene Of The 5th Century Bce Theaters
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    Ancient Greek Theatre Architecture (The Physical Structure) Many aspects of ancient Greek theaters have long been studied and debated. Much of the information about these theaters is based on speculation due to the fact that so little of them still exist today. This lack of remnants especially applies to the architecture of the early Greek Theaters. However, through archeological finds and years of studying the people, the plays, and the architecture of the time, we are able to make many conclus...

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