GREEK DRAMA. How Greek Drama Grew Out of Religious Ritual. Greek drama grew out of a religious ritual that honored Dionysus the god of wine and fertility Dionysian celebrations became an annual festival with hymn singing and wild flute playing
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How Greek Drama Grew Out of Religious Ritual
Dionysian celebrations became an annual festival with hymn singing and wild flute playing
Performances took place in Athens (present day Athens, Greece) in a large amphitheater
Thespis transformed these hymns into songs that honored Dionysus
Ancient Greek theater of EpidaurusReligious Ritual
A chorus member would step forward and play the part of a hero or god
The actor wore a mask and entered into dialogue with the chorus
This actor wore a mask with an exaggerated mouthpiece that amplified the actor’s voice
These masks portrayed characters which were easily recognizable to the audience
All actors were men and the choruses were well-trained boys.
4th – 5th c. BCE
Orchestra or “dancing place”, chorus, and skene (for storing costumes
but later used as scenery).