Classical Greek drama


c.7th century BCE Dithyrambs, song and dance entertainments by a chorus, are performed in honor of Dionysus in Delos and Athens.

c.532 BCE Thespis, considered to be the first actor, appears on stage playing a role in a drama.

c.500 BCE Pratinas introduces satyr plays—a satirical genre.

458 BCE Aeschylus’s Oresteia, the only trilogy of the classical period to have survived intact, is first performed in Athens.

431 BCE Euripides’ Medea introduces a realism that shocks audiences.


423 BCE Aristophanes’ comedy The Clouds satirizes the social scene in Athens, and in particular Socrates.

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