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Transcript of GREEK THEATER
The actors in ancient Greek theater have a symbolic significance in Greek production. Female roles were played by males before they hit puberty and before their voices changed. Ancient Greek theater begun in around 550B.C to 220 B.C. and took place in Athens.
Ancient Greeks from the 5th century BC onwards were fascinated by the question of the origins of tragedy and comedy. They were unsure of their exact origins, but Aristotle and a number of other writers proposed theories of how tragedy and comedy developed, and told stories about the people thought to be responsible for their development.
Some historians say that the stage was originally a rectangle, but then later became a circle. Others say that the stage has always been a circle. The stage was located against the back wall. It was a narrow, raised platform called the Logeion, and was designed so that the actors could be separated from the chorus.
Costumes in Greek theater let the audience know a lot about a character before they even started performing. Women, slaves and foreigners were not allowed to participate. Costumes were fashioned to identify female characters, high-heeled shoes were worn for tall characters and the Greeks used masks to identify occupations and change an actor's look, as he often portrayed more than one character.
Greek Theater started between 525 and 550 BC.
All of the actors were men.
The theater was semi-circle shaped.
The actors wore no make-up.
There were around 1000 actors in one play.
The actors wore large masks which covered their faces so that it could exaggerate facial features and emotions.
The theater could hold over 18,000 spectators.
It was all spoken or sung in rhyme.
All theaters were open air.
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