What does the term "skene" mean in Greek drama?
The Greek term "skene" derives from a general term meaning "tent." It developed a secondary meaning referring the edifice or backdrop used in Greek drama, a one or two story piece of painted scenery used to represent the location of the play and also as a convenient area behind which actors could change masks and costumes and make exits and entrances during the course of the play. The English term "scenery" when used in theatrical context has the same meaning as "skene" and derives from it, as does the work "scene." In the Greek theaters, the skene was directly behind the orchestra.