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A Presentation of. Dionysus & Theater. Man’s benefactor -- Man's destroyer. Le QiMarch 20, 2000. Spheres of Influence:. God of wine God of wild nature God of ecstatic possession God of dance God of mask and illusions God of “pleasurable” afterlives. Source: A Show for Dionysus.

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A Presentation of

Dionysus & Theater

Man’s benefactor -- Man's destroyer

Le QiMarch 20, 2000


Spheres of Influence:

  • God of wine

  • God of wild nature

  • God of ecstatic possession

  • God of dance

  • God of mask and illusions

  • God of “pleasurable” afterlives

Source: A Show for Dionysus


Split personality/Binary Opposition

  • Male vs. female

  • Joy from freedom vs. savage brutality

  • Man’s blessing vs. Man’s ruin

Because his “product” wine can make you both happy and sad


The Great Dionysia

-- To purify emotions

  • The poets were the prophets and priests

  • Actors and singers took part in the sacred performances

  • All ordinary business was stopped

  • No one could be put into prison (?????)

The greatest poetry in Greece was written in tragic plays and was never equaled except by Shakespeare.

-- http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/mythology/1deities/gods/lesser/dionysus.htm


The Theater

  • Developed from the ceremonial worship

  • Public in nature

  • The focal point:level, circular space at the foot of a hill

  • Orchstra: auditorium raised in a large semicircle

  • Skne(SP?):A building where actors change custom

  • Proskenion: Between Orchstra & Skne, the stage

http://www.encyclopedia.com/articles/12780AncientGreece.html


But, but…why Dionysus??

  • Most plays don't contain too much reference to Dionysus – except the Bacchae!!

“Theater had nothing to do with Dionysus."

--Some Ignorant Athenian


Let’s revisit…

Spheres of influence

God of wine

God of wild nature

God of ecstatic possession

God of dance

God of mask and illusions

God of “pleasurable” afterlives


Also…

Showed mostly

Which meant

Theater

Tragedies

“Goat Song”

And goats

Sacrificed in his cult

That were

were the sacred animals to Dionysus

Thus, tragedy theater could have been originated with the song sung during the sacrifices to Dionysus.

--http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~dilorenz/myth/dionysus.html


http://web.uvic.ca/grs/bowman/myth/images/haifa/h45.jpg


http://www.belinus.co.uk/mythology/images/BacchusbyCaraglia1771.jpg


http://www.belinus.co.uk/mythology/images/BacchusbyCaraglia1771.jpg


http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/image?arch=1990.01.0377&type=vase


http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/~perlman/myth/images/penthprts.jpg


AND Finally…

http://www.dionysuskitchen.com/


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