Our group on Ancient Greek Theatre – Part 2: the Prime Period
During our second meeting we got even deeper in discovering the greatness of the Ancient Greek Theatre and more specifically the ancient tragedy.
We examined the significance of the theatre in ancient Athens as a sacred act that leads to uplifting of the soul and we approached the elements that constitute the experience of watching a performance of ancient Greek tragedy.
Above all, we focused on understanding the purpose of the tragedy itself: the “Aristotelian” catharsis and the way through which the dramatic poet brings to light human aspects that are very well hidden. Through this art, where those human aspects are consciously performed on stage, the viewer experiences the same passions of the tragic heroes. He experiences all their fluctuations and in the end he finds redemption, becomes spiritually enriched, as he has been elevated through the high meanings and he gains greater knowledge of the self.