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Transcript of Greek Theater
Many Greeks tried to become famous playwrights. One of the most successful and famous was a Greek named Sophocles. Sophocles wrote 120 plays! His plays were a popular draw.
The Greek architects built theaters on hillsides. That let them position long benches in rows, one above the other, so that everyone could see
what was happening
on the stage.
The stage was located at the bottom of the hill. They could also hear. Greek theaters had great acoustics by design.
The ancient Greeks invented three types of plays. Tragedies always had a sad ending. Comedies always had a happy ending. A satires poked fun at real people and events. (In ancient Greece, it was illegal to poke fun at the gods. You would be put to death for mocking the gods as a punishment.) Comedies and tragedies entertained, but a well written satire could sway public opinion.
The Greeks were very competitive. They had drama contests between towns. Winners were treated with great respect, nearly as much respect as the Olympic winners.
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