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By Ruth Scodel

ISBN-10: 0511902425

ISBN-13: 9780511902420

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It included a bull for sacrifice and various other animals, and the men who were paying for the dramatic and dithyrambic performances paraded in elaborate, magnificent robes. ) As was usual in a procession honoring Dionysus, there were large models of an erect phallus carried on poles, the phalloi. Then there were the performances:€three sets of three tragedies and a satyr play; five comedies; and ten circular choruses performed by adult men and ten by boys. The simplest arrangement would be five days, with either tragedies or circular choruses first and a comedy later.

An actor who had a speaking part in one scene could exit and change mask and costume. He could then reenter in a different role, and his earlier character could still be present, played by an extra in the mask and costume, as long as the character had no lines. Extras were also needed as “spear carriers”€– not infrequently, a king in tragedy will speak to an attendant whose presence has not been Origins, Festival, and Competition╇ /╇ 45 noted so far. The high-status characters were always followed by attendants.

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. The tragedians produced and directed their own plays, although the chorus had a trainer as well, at least later on. In the early days of tragedy, they were probably actors too. Starting in 449 BCE, there was a competition for tragic actors, and acting was evidently professionalized.

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