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acropolis
"the high city state", most famous part of Athens; theatre sits on a slope above the theatre of dionysus
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Agon
contest or debate, in general, the debate in a drama
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Agora
the equivelent of the town square; a marketplace; the first performances of drama here
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choregoi
wealthy citizens to fund performances.
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chorus
group of 12 - 15 members men who sing and dance during the plays. they often represent the collective community, but not neccassarily the poets thoughts.
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choryphaeus
chorus leader; steps forward to speak to the protragonist.
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cleisthenes (1)
founder of greek democracy, 2, 500 years ago
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cleisthenes (2)
Athenian delegate during the pelopensian war (431 BC). used frequently by aristophanes as the **** of jokes. aparently well known in Athens for being effeminate and/ or homosexual.
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dithyramb
choral hyms to dionysus, tragedy grew partly from this type of poetry
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eisoidoi
"entrances" to performance space; the opposite of an eisdos is an exodus
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ekkyklema
a cart inside the skene which could be suddenly rolled out to display the result of an event. eg the murder of agamemnon
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great dionysia=city dionysus
annual spring festival in honor of dionysus, when dramatic competitions were held among three poets selected by the city.
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mechane
a crane used to lift actors above the acting area, usually actors are playing gods here, hense the phrase deus ex machina.
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oikos
the family unit, including its physical property;its needs are often in tension with the polis.
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orchestra
the dancing area, chorus occupies this space.
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parabasis
the point in the play when all the actors leave the stage and the chorus is left to directly address the audience directly- usually extolling the views of the playwright.
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parodos
the first ode the chorus sings as it enters the orchestra.
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bathos
may be used deliberately to produce a humorous effect,mock-heroic.
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pisistratus
tyrant who founded the tragic festival during the sixth century B.C.E
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polis
the ancient greek word for city state;the primary political organisaztion.
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proagon
a ceromony before the tragic festival festival; the playwright and actors would stand in costume before an assembly in the odeion and announce the the subjects of his plays.
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skene
(pronounced skaynay); building or tent at back of acting area; often painte for scenary.
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stasimon
any choral ode sung following on to the parodos
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contest or debate, in general, the debate in a drama

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the equivelent of the town square; a marketplace; the first performances of drama here

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wealthy citizens to fund performances.

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group of 12 - 15 members men who sing and dance during the plays. they often represent the collective community, but not neccassarily the poets thoughts.

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