The City Dionysia

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1. What did the Proargon do?

  • It was a chance for men to demonstrate their manliness by seeing who could throw the javelin the furthest
  • Publicised the plays in advance of their performance.
  • Showed off the actor's costumes
  • Let the actors practice on the stage
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2. What happened to judge the playwrights?

  • An assembly was held to review the festival, Archons might be praised or critisied
  • Each judge wrote his order of merit on a stone tablet, the Archon drew 5, the verdict was decided on the order of merit on these 5 tablets
  • An ivy wreath was given to the best choregos, a bronze tripod to the best poet

3. Komos was a....

  • ...a chance for the citizens of Athens to buy new slaves
  • ...opportunity for uninhibited pleasure with wine, singing and dancing
  • ...a meeting before the plays were performed to discuss the festival

4. During the comedies, what did the Chorus do?

  • Stayed still
  • Threw nuts and raisins to keep the audience entertained
  • Fought each other with fake swords

5. What did choregoi pay for?

  • A sacred bull to be sacrificed on the Alter of Dionysus
  • Salaries, costumes ,training, hire musicians
  • Nothing


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