The City Dionysia

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1. Who decided on the list of suitable judges?

  • The Priest of Dionysus (the holy Priest of Dionysus was respected by all and chose those the gods favored)
  • The Boule (a council of 500 citizens) drew a list of those suitable to be judges from each of the 10 tribes. They then placed the names in 10 urns.
  • The Archon (the man in charge of running the entire festival)
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2. How was the theatre purified?

  • A young heifer was killed and its blood poured
  • A suckling pig was killed and its blood poured
  • A slave was killed and their blood poured

3. What plays were performed each day?

  • 6 tragedies
  • 3 tragedies, 1 comedy and 1 satyr
  • 3 tragedies and 1 comedy

4. Before the contest began the Archon...

  • ...rang the sacred bell
  • ...officially declared the festival open
  • ...drew out one name from each urn/tribe from the ten urns. These would then be the 10 judges.
  • ...sacrified a young heifer and sprinkled the blood in a circle in the Orchestra

5. Name one event of civic importance that took place

  • Names of citizens who had got special crowns for their civic duties were annonced
  • The shops would hold a big market for all the foreigners to buy goods
  • Citizens who had committed crimes were punished in the town square


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