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Greek Theatre: Track 3


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What was it like to go to the theatre nearly 2500 years ago? Greek theatre has survived through the ages as a powerful and influential art form. This album introduces what early Greek theatres looked like and the kind of audience they attracted. Using the Theatre of Dionysus as a starting point, experts discuss the significance of attending the theatre as a civic occasion, associated with the political and cultural achievements of Athens. Through archaeology and analysis of contemporary art forms, such as decoration on pottery, a picture is built up of ancient Greek theatre. The album reveals how precious Greek texts have survived, and how Aeschylus’ tragedy 'Persians' has been interpreted in modern theatre. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 41 minutes
  • Updated Friday 18th September 2009

Track 3: Actors in Greek theatre

Why actors in ancient Greece wore masks and were highly skilled.

Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Greek Theatre An introduction to this album. Play now Greek Theatre
2 Attending the theatre in Athens Historians discuss the significance and meaning of theatre in Ancient Greece. Play now Attending the theatre in Athens
3 Actors in Greek theatre Why actors in ancient Greece wore masks and were highly skilled. Play now Actors in Greek theatre
4 How the plays survived How precious Greek plays survived against all odds to influence theatre into the 21st Century. Play now How the plays survived
5 Modern productions of Persians Some of the ways in which the ancient play “Persians” by Aeschylus has been interpreted in modern times. Play now Modern productions of Persians
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