The City Dionysia

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1. Name one event of civic importance that took place

  • Citizens who had committed crimes were punished in the town square
  • 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
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2. Before the contest began the Archon...

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

3. What did the Proargon do?

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

4. Who was a choregos?

  • A famous lyre player
  • A member of the chorus, the lead member
  • A sponsor for a production, would be a wealthy citizen
  • A famous actor who has his name inscribed on the Dionysus statue

5. Who were the epheboi?

  • Young men of military age
  • Men who had won battles
  • The councillors of Athens


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