THE PLAYS

Theatrical Forms and Styles

As depicted in the traditional masks that represent theater, plays in ancient Greece fell into two broad categories: tragedy and comedy. Both types were presented and celebrated in the Dionysian Festival, and each served a very different purpose in the performing arts of Greece.

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Contemporary Interpretations

From Sophocles to Shakespeare to movies and television, here are examples of Greek playwriting concepts that are still common today.

Explore The Tragic Structure

Before you stage your own tragedy, discover the rules and structures used by Ancient Greek playwrights.