The dithyramb was performed at a festival usually held in the City Dionysus at the end of March where people came to Greece to worship the god Dionysus. “An important turning point came in 566 B.C when an Athenian lead named Solon, who wanted to enhance the prestige of a popular festival, instituted Homeric recitation contests – the rhapsodia”. (Nardo 15). Solon began the idea of celebrating Dionysus by reciting Homer’s play. These festivals were first held in honor of Dionysus, but through the years it evolved into a celebration of other gods and hero’s inside the walls of Athens. “The ...
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...e to lash out were the three best playwrights of 5th century BC. They were Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles. They changed theater for the better by introducing multiple characters, by adding drama and irony to the stage and by utilizing props such as masks and costumes. From the work they have done only some remains, but the pieces that remain show the depth and creativeness of the Greek theater.
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