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Top 10: Ancient Greek Discoveries

Ancient Greek society was about a whole lot more than wrath-filled gods and white togas – as Lottie Goldfinch demonstrates with these ten inventions…


A theatrical festival called City Dionysia was held in Athens each spring, in honour of Dionysus: the God of wine, fertility and ecstasy


The Theatre of Dionysus, Athens, which hosted works from Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, among others


Early theatre was born out of religious ritual, and it really began to take its own form in Ancient Greece. Developing in Athens between 530 and 220 BC, the plays revolved around three genres: tragedy, comedy and satyr, and were performed to crowds of up to 17,000. There were even some special effects: cranes could lift actors into the air and place them on the roofs of various stage buildings.

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