THEATRE OF DIONYSUS: GREEK INFLUENCE THROUGH TIME
Twenty-five hundred years ago, Western theatre was born in Athens, Greece.
Between 600 and 200 BC, the ancient Athenians created a theatre culture that
has influenced theatre through history. They created plays that are still
considered among the greatest works of world drama. Their achievement is
Greek theatre took place in large hillside ampitheatres. The players
included a chorus and their leader, and the lines were more chanted
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and 'Saturday Night Live' reveal the humor of Aristophanes.
French classical tragedy and 19th- and 20th-century Irish drama both
feature Greek themes.
All that tells us is why we should study ancient theater, to use the
classics that have had such influence. Greek plays have a lasting
influence: they remain some of the most powerful, moving, provocative,
funny, biting, witty, and pertinent dramas there are. They are living
theater, performed on stages around the world.