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The Greek Legacy of Theater
Transcript of The Greek Legacy of Theater
The world is filled with famous Broadway shows, musicals, and plays! It's pretty easy to take it all for granted. One might ask, "Where did it all start?" Theater started in Greece where they performed tragedies and comedies to adoring crowds packed tightly together. Greek theater and plays are one of their many great legacies and has many details.
How it all started
Greek theater started when they performed dramas at religious festivals. These dramas were a different way of telling stories. At around 530 B.C. Athenians were deeply involved with their dramas. Athens held contests for the number one dramas and the first winner was an actor named Thespis. Dramas got to be a big deal in the Age of Pericles. People would attend this festival at the Theater of Dionysus to watch comedies and tragedies for about a week. Athens was the main place to watch plays and many civilians traveled far to watch them at the festival.
The theaters in Athens were very different compared to our modern theaters nowadays. All Greek theaters in the Age of Pericles were outside and in a half circle shape. The skene, or stage was the main focus and was risen just a few feet. Only three actors were allowed on the skene at once. Below the skene was the ochestra, where other actors would sing and converse with the stage actors. The ochestra was flat and in the shape a circle. Finally, the theatron was were people watched the comedies and tragedies. The seats uncomfortable benches but spectators usually brought cushions to sit on.
Comedies and Tragedies
How Has the World Benefited from it Today
Life would be very strange without plays and theater. So many jobs and careers have been made today from plays and theater. Broadway is a big example of this with its many actors, producers, musicians, stage hands, and many more careers that all wouldn't have been started without a small festival honoring Dionysus in Athens. Theater today is a common, enjoyable past time and a creative outlet. The world wouldn't know what do for a past time without it. If actors and theater weren't created, there wouldn't be any television shows, movies, musicals, and plays. Greek theater has influenced every one of these main parts of everyday life!
In conclusion, Greek theater has influenced and benefited us so much today. If this legacy wasn't created, life and society would be very different from what it is today. What would you be doing with your life right now if it wasn't for the creation of Greek theater?
Greek playwrights wrote both comedies and tragedies. The tragedies were about relationships with both gods and humans. Rarely does a tragedy end without the main character dying. Today people still perform some ancient Greek tragedies. The comedies were a different approach from the dramatic tragedies. The comedies were funny and were usually about teasing famous leaders, making fun of a person's silly mistakes, and vanity. These plays were a way for Greeks to enjoy themselves and take a closer look at themselves.
Websites and Books:
Curie, Robin. "The Age of Pericles." The Human Oddyssey: Prehistory Through the Middle Ages. New ed. Vol. 1. N.p.: K12, n.d. 1-664. Print. The Human Odyssey.
Englert, Walter. "Greek Theater." Greek Theater. Hum 110, n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2014. <http://academic.reed.edu/humanities/110tech/theater.html>.
University Press Inc. "Ancient Greek Theatre." Greek Theatre. World News, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <http://www.ancientgreece.com/s/Theatre/>.
A Map of Greece. 2012. Photograph. N.p. By 24point0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24point0/7886147662/sizes/l/
Byrne, Tom. Greek Theatre at Segesta. 2008. Photograph. N.p. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomasjbyrne/4460549287/sizes/l/
Maldonadoan. Theatre Masks. 2010. Photograph. N.p. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51544149@N05/4746195030/sizes/o/
Neiljs. Herodes Atticus Theatre, Athens. 1995. Photograph. N.p. http://www.flickr.com/photos/neiljs/6735170343/sizes/l/
Where Greek Theater started, Athens (above)