Tell us about the structure of the ancient Greek theater

At first, the performances were held in the city square – the agora, later a special theater was built at the foot of the Acropolis, next to the sanctuary of Dionysus. The seats for spectators were located in a semicircle on the slope. In the first row were luxurious marble chairs for the priests. The Athenians were very fond of the theater, on the days of performances they hurried from the early morning to sit down. During excavations, scientists have found the remains of many theaters. The performance took place below, on a circular platform – an orchestra (hence the word “orchestra”). Behind the orchestra, a tent was set up for changing the actors’ clothes – skone (hence the word “stage”). The show lasted almost all day, so they took pillows with them to make it softer to sit, and food.

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