17 Facts About Greek tragedy


Greek tragedy is a form of theatre from Ancient Greece and Greek inhabited Anatolia.

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Greek tragedy is widely believed to be an extension of the ancient rites carried out in honor of Dionysus, and it heavily influenced the theatre of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance.

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Origin of the word Greek tragedy has been a matter of discussion from ancient times.

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Greek tragedy's work is therefore invaluable for the study of ancient tragedy, even if his testimony is open to doubt on some points.

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Origin of Greek tragedy is one of the unsolved problems of classical scholarship.

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Aristotle writes in the Poetics that, in the beginning, Greek tragedy was an improvisation "by those who led off the dithyramb", which was a hymn in honor of Dionysus.

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Greek tragedy is credited with inventing the trilogy, a series of three tragedies that tell one long story, and introduced the second actor, making the dramatization of a conflict possible.

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Greek tragedy introduced a third actor, increased the number of chorus members to fifteen; he introduced scenery and the use of scenes.

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Greek tragedy uses female protagonists of the plays, such as Andromache, Phaedra and Medea, to portray the tormented sensitivity and irrational impulses that collide with the world of reason.

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The Greek tragedy usually begins with a prologue, in which one or more characters introduce the drama and explain the background of the ensuing story.

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Greek tragedy dialects used are the Attic dialect for the parts spoken or recited by individual characters, and a literary Doric dialect for the chorus.

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Greek tragedy uses the concepts of mimesis, and catharsis or katharsis to explain the function of tragedy.

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Passion of the Greeks for the tragedy was overwhelming: Athens, said the critics, spent more on theatre than on the fleet.

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Role of the audience in a Greek Tragedy is to become part of that theatrical illusion, to partake in the act as if they were part of it.

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Origins of Greek tragedy were mostly based on song or speech rather than written script.

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Frendo draws on the notion that the experience of Greek tragedy requires a theatrical performance and is in that sense, a separation of Greek tragedy from literature.

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The idea behind this Greek tragedy is that Prometheus is punished by Zeus not only for the crime of giving humanity divine knowledge, but for believing that by doing so, humanity would, in some way, praise Prometheus as a champion for justice and see Zeus as nothing more than a tyrant.

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