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Since we’ve gone back to ancient, Greek, myths handed down to us by Roman poets, lets look a little bit at the origins of theater.

The original practices of theater were based in the religious practices of the Athenians regarding the god Dionysius.

Dionysius was the god of wine, music, ecstatic dance, and freedom. The ecstatic dances were to relieve his followers of self conscious fear and care.

I’m starting to understand actors a little better based on this description.

The Athenians developed three styles of theater for their Dionysian rites. Tragedy was first followed by comedy (about a hundred years later) and finally satyr plays.

We’ll look at these three forms of theater over the next few days.

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