September 26, 2011
Greek "Old Comedy"
-Written during the peloponnesian war against Sparata
-Athens was still reeling from a massive defeat in Scicily in 423 BC
-The big debate among athenians was whether to negotiate with the spartans. The ruling
politicians said no.
Structured like tragedy
-A central idea is introduced in conversation between characters
-The entrance of the chorus into the orchestra.
-The Entrance of the chorus into the orchestra
-The sing a choric ode.
Several 'Episodes' and choric odes
-An episode is a sequence of dialogue between characters about central ideas
-The episodes are separated by choric ode, and or conversations between the chorus and the
Komos (main difference between comedy and tragedye
-The problems is solved and the character celebrate
Actors and costumes
-Masks were grotesque and ugly
-Costumes were similar to tragedy's but sillier
-Male characters wore padding to look fat and their tunics were too short
-They wore flesh coloured tights under their tunics
-Sexual feature were exaggerated
-male characters wore phalluses
-female characters were exaggerated too
-This creates a vision of Athens in which everyone is driven by physical desires: food and sex.
Why no actresses?
-Almost all ancient theatres were all male. Why?
-All these societies are patriarchal - founded on the principal that a women is the possession
of her father or husbands
-In many cultur