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Even though we usually sit in the dark and they sat in sunlight, our actors wear makeup 24╇ /╇ An Introduction to Greek Tragedy and theirs wore masks, and all the other differences between their theater and ours, the experience, mysterious as it is, seems to have been similar€– but their imaginations had to work harder. Many interpreters, though, argue that the style of Greek tragedy defines appropriate limits for its interpretation. Very influentially, John Jones in the book On Aristotle and Greek Tragedy argued that plot is the important thing in tragedy, while character is at best secondary, both because Aristotle says that it is and because the conventions of the Greek theater did not permit subtle psychology.

It honored Dionysus of Eleutherae, a village on the border of Attica and Boeotia that joined with Athens in order to avoid domination by Thebes and was incorporated into Attica. The image of Dionysus in the temple in the theater’s sacred precinct was believed to have come from Eleutherae. 2 It is, in the end, hard to know whether tragedy had very much to do with Dionysus. Still, the chorus sang and danced in a space in which there was an altar. 590–606). The altar may have been an accident in relation to tragedy, for the dithyramb was a circular chorus of fifty that used the altar as its center€– but nonetheless it was always present and visible, a reminder of relations between humans and gods.

The high-status characters were always followed by attendants. So extras must have been a financial issue sometimes. Sometimes these doublings of roles seem to be significant. In Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, for example, the same actor played Deianeira, the wife of Heracles who kills him with a poison that she thinks is a love-potion, and Heracles himself. We do not know, however, to what extent audiences really noticed that the actor inside the costume and mask was the same person. A strong and beautiful voice was important for an actor, but the sources do not say to what extent the actors tried to sound different in different roles.

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