How Did Dionysus Influence Ancient Greek Theatre

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Partying has been a tradition for mankind since the beginning of time. In ancient Greece, the Festival of Dionysus was one of the largest annual celebrations. It took place during the Spring and lasted for six days. The festival honored Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. Dionysus was particularly noteworthy for his influence in art, literature, and theatre. He was honored with lyrical poems known as dithyrambs. His followers held rituals in which they participated in dancing and other merriment until they transcended themselves (Cartwright). This was the impetus for theatre; in much the same way Dionysian followers made this transformation, actors would transform into different characters. The festival was a celebration honoring Dionysus

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