- Lykourgan Theatre of Dionysos, c. 330 BC
Don't forget the damn temples!
Eastern parodos had statues of Aiskhylos, Sophokles, Euripides and Menander
Seated thousands - some estimates up to 17,000.
Original in wood
Lykourgos made stone – he was leading financial official - shows theatre still very important civic spaces and drama still very popular
Added seats and peripatos
Paraskenia = side buildings
- Theatre of Dionysos at Athens was
- reconstructed by Lykourgos in the 330s
- 2 temples (one old, one new) and altars
- behind the stage, faced by the entire audience.
Stage = low platform
- Orchestra = for chorus – intermediaries
- between actors and audience
- The stage-building used for comedy and
- tragedy, a palace was a common setting (as in BAcchae) and the dialogue shows times when it would have been used.
- E.g. Pentheus coming outside his palace and finding Dionysos there when he should have been in prison
- takes the piss out of well-known staging of
- tragedies. The long silence of Niobe, the silence of his Akhilleus.