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Lecture 6

THAR 201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Imperial Cult, Dionysia, Stained Glass

Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 201
Greenwald Michael

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Lecture 6
Monday, February 6, 2017
7:55 AM
The Origins of Drama: 3 Case Studies
Origins of Theatre
Egypt: Osiris
Greece: Dionysus
Medieval Europe: Christ
Rite of the Slain God - King
Spring: "rebirth/renewal:" derived from planting rites, after "death" of the land
Resurrection ****MOST IMPORTANT
The Slain-God King Rites:
Hero: a god-king
Mortal combat with evil
Suffering of hero for his people
Death (real/figurative) of hero
Symbolic recreation of the world:
o e.g., new crops, stock, children
“aed aiage to poote offspig; otiuity of the tie
Triumphal procession to unite the community
Settling of destinies: rewards, punishments, the afterlife
Memphite Drama & the Abydos Passion Play (2500-550 B.C.)
First play and longest running play in the world
The Nile River is important
Osiris and Isis; Set
Osiris: god of the Underworld
Beloved of his sister Isis
Set, the wicked brother
Trickster and "Shadow"
Kills Osiris and buries body parts along the Nile
Isis (and her sister) resurrect Osiris whose body parts make the land fertile
o Wherever his body was, that part of the land is especially fertile
First recorded description of a "theatrical" event by Ikkernofret (c. 1860 BC)
First written record
Ikkernofret - a sort of theatre critic
"the saed aue…"
Like a boat type thing that goes to the temple
"I eleated the Geat Goig Foth…."
Horus slays Set: The New Order
Horus: son of Osiris and Isis
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