Greek & Roman Drama

Writers

Aeschylus

525 BC - 455 BC

Sophocles

497 BC - 405 BC

Euripides

480 BC - 406 BC

Aristophanes

446 BC - 386 BC

Bakkhai

405 BC

Plautus

254 BC - 184 BC

Staging

5th Centry Theatre

500 BC - 400 BC

picnic style, wooden benches, stoa (seperates from temple and background), tent skene, ekkyklema (wooden platform wheeled out to reveal bodies)

Odein

440 BC

built by Pericles, roofed building, musical performance space, view procession

Mechane

430 BC

crane for special effects

Lycurgan Theatre

325 BC - 300 BC

stone seating, stone skene, used mainly for comedies

Hellenistic Theatre

300 BC - 1 AD

2 skene, raised stage, beginning of "death" of the chorus

Political Background

Cleisthenes

510 BC

Solon

500 BC

democracy, full assembly, trial by jury

Persian Wars

500 BC - 479 BC

Battle of Marathon

490 BC

Greece beats off Persians (won by Athens elite)

Battle at Salamis

480 BC

Athens beats Persians (won by poor Athens)

ATHENS

460 BC - 429 BC

Athens is driving force

Peloponnesian War

431 BC - 404 BC

Athens and Allies vs Spartans

Comedy