The Changing Classical Audience for Theatre

The Changing Classical Audience for Theatre

Streaming Video - 2006
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In the 50 years separating Aeschylus from the later works of Euripides, theater changed: plays had been performed in honor of the god Dionysus and for the enjoyment of spectators; now they were targeted at spectators who took pleasure in the spectacle itself. Where once the text itself set the stage and described the scene, sets came into use-at first to stimulate imagination, later to imitate it; in Roman times, there were troupes of traveling actors; and by AD 100, the theater had acquired a permanent stage.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c1989

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