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Classical Civilization
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CLCV 1002

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stMarch 1 CLCV 1002 B Ancient DramaDuring religious events only ex Festival of DionysusCompetitivePresence of chorus Physical setting Epidros theatre holds 20 000 people Sit on stone bench for hours watching plays no roofFirst seats reserved for politicians priests dignitaries etc Theatre cut into hill sideAcoustics of shape are spectacularRound area for chorus narrow stage for actorsPassageways into round area Enter from right coming from the city enter from left coming from abroadcountryTheatron place where audience sits comes from greek word to watchOrchestra round chorus area meansa dancing place Circular because chorus dances in a circle Altar in the middle of it Parodos passageways onto the stageSkene a building that is part of the stage Theatrical Devices Used to make plays more spectacularTheologeion Roof of the skene means place where the Gods speak Actors playing Gods speak from there so separated from other characters Mechane Crane Flys characters onto the stage used to make a God fly onto the theologeion to address the audience Deus ex machine Means the god from the machine Presents an unlikely solution to an unsolvable problem The characters cant solve the problem so a God is flown in at the end of the play and solves the problem for them Ekkyklema Thing that you can wheel out A little platform on wheels behind closed Skene doors for most of play then brought out at the right time Violent acts are pollution so cant show them Cant show extreme violence on stage but can describe them and then show the results of the violence Messenger describes the violence and then the results are brought out on the EkkyklemeEx Mangled body of Pentheus at the end of the BacchaeParts of a tragedy Prologos prologue Speech that begins the tragedyAlways true spoken by an omniscient character Ex Dionysus in the BacchaeGod usually speaks prologue
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