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Ancient Greek Theater Webquest
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Ancient Greek Theater Webquest
Directions: This series of websites is designed to take you on a journey to discover more about ancient Greece and ancient Greek theater – the foundations of our modern theater. In teams of no
more than 3
to a computer, view the following websites in the order they are listed and answer any questions that I have listed under any particular website before moving on to the next website.
What you are looking at now is a map of Ancient Greece. Locate the city of Thebes on the map. Note where it is in relation to the city of Athens (Athens is now the capitol of Greece but was just another major city-state during the ancient days).
What you are looking at now is a current map of Greece. Notice that you don’t see Thebes.
What happened to the city of Thebes? (Hey, you have laptops; ever hear of research?)
What similarities and differences do you notice between the two maps?
What challenges do you think would result from how spread apart many of the ancient Greek lands are (spread out islands)?
This website shows several ancient Greek theaters. Click on a few of the pictures just to see what they looked like. Now go to this website:
Where geographically were theaters typically located?
Who primarily were the actors in plays?
What is a chorus and where did they perform?
Describe the two types of plays and what they typically did?
On this current website click on the side tab that says “What were Greek plays like?” to continue...
What did the ancient Greek actors wear during their performances?
Okay, yeah, I know this isn’t the most “interesting article” but you CAN do this!
In ancient Greek theater, how many actors could be on the stage at one time during a tragedy?
Just imagine you were a famous person living in ancient Greece and one night you decided to go to the theater; what is the likelihood of you hearing your name mentioned in a tragedy in that night’s play? (Make sure you read the entire article on tragedy before you answer this question; just sayn’).
Why does it matter that ancient Greek plays were based on myths? How did this affect the audience’s relationship with the plays?
Where did violent actions in the plays take place?
According to this article, how was the comedy different from the tragedy?
This is the last link for this webquest... I know you are so sad!!! Scroll down to start at the heading “Tragic Festival” and begin reading there to answer the following questions:
How was ancient Greek theater funded?
Where did the actors change their costumes?
What are the two mechanical devices (hey tech people this is the first use of tech!!!) used to move actors in Greek theater and what did they do – list them and tell their function.
When you’ve finished.... go to this link:
And click on “The Greek Theater – 2,350 years ago!” under the Activities category... this is a little review game for you... and then you are DONE! Thanks!
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