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Posted February 17, 2012 at 4:51 AM via web

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What are the main features of Greek drama and how does it differ from other types of drama?

 

what makes it so unique from the rest of the genres except for the fact that it may be the first.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Greek drama has many distinctive features that are rarely found elsewhere, except in those works it directly influenced.

Because Greek drama evolved from choral performance, both tragedy and comedy have choruses that are an important and integral element of the performances. The choruses always sing and dance, something not always the case in other dramatic genres.

Greek drama has a maximum of 3 actors (not counting the chorus). All the actors were male.

Costumes always included distinctive masks that served to identify both individual character and character type.

The plays alternated choral odes and episodes in very specific patterns.

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