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1806Chorus (Ancient Greek drama)  
BROADER CONCEPT
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  • Dramatic convention denoting players who perform vocally in unison. It appeared for the first time in the ancient Greek drama as an expression of the democratic function of the city-state (polis), descending from the dithyramb. The principal function of this antirealistic, epic feature was to provide the general mythological and ideological background for the introduction of the myth under dramatisation. Under some sort of pretext, the chorus is incorporated into and follows the action, ensuring with its presence the continuity of the dramatic flow, although the choral songs separate the episodes. It is a perfectly homogeneous group with two exceptions: The division into two groups (semi-choruses) and the detachment of the Coryphaeus who leads the chorus, while rarely are the parts distributed to more voices.
SOURCE
  • Battezzato 2005
  • ΕΛ.ΓΟΥ, Λεξικό 2007
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Vernardaki Eleni (AA)
CREATOR
  • Goulis Helen (AA)
URI
https://humanitiesthesaurus.academyofathens.gr/dyas-resource/Concept/1806
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