Intro to Greek Tragedy
- University of Missouri- Columbia
- Classical Humanities
- Classical Humanities 1060
- Intro to Greek Tragedy
Last Modified: 2011-06-25
- mythological/famous stories
- blend of dialogue = stychomathia
- speeches = rhesis
- singing & dance
- serious tone & elevated language
- 2-3 speaking actors (male)
- Chorus, often times lend their name to the title of the tragedy
- masks/costumes used
- Hamartia (mistake)
- Reversal of fortune
- Impossible decisions
there is debate about whether or not women/lower-class citizens were present, if they were, they most likely weren't in the actual 'theater' seats
- Familiar story, but with innovation
- Contemporary/universal relevance
- Externalizes our fears & wishes
- Forces us to feel strong emotions, purges us of them (catharsis)
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