Ancients and Moderns
October 17, 2012
week 6, wednesday
social context in which the plays were preformed:
festival of dionysus
becathe dionysian stuff that our culture may be familiar with is on margins.
In 5 century dionysian is in the heart of the city- devoted time money and attention to the festival
399: Socrates killed
– E. Dies
432: war with sparta
play is an allegory for the contemporary scene
story about punishment that results from a transgression. Pentheus transgression.
The play is an indictment of dionysian religion
all of this exuberant, sexualized, boisterous stuff is a threat to the moral order and look at what happens
when it runs wild,
palace destroyed etc.
This is reading between the lines.
Festival of dionysus-
emphasized choral singing in praise and honour of dionysus
(songs sung by a chorus