What is your favorite form of entertainment? Theater, concerts, TV, a movie? Well, it all began in ancient Greece with theater.


  • The Greeks invented theater as escapist entertainment and civic engagement. Theater encouraged Greeks to “become more moral by processing the most important issues of the day,” through both tragedy and satire.

    How do comedy and drama help you interpret everyday life and events?

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ancient Greece Noun

    loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

    democracy Noun

    system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.

    entertainment Noun

    performance or material produced to interest and amuse.

    philosophy Noun

    the study of the basic principles of knowledge.

    satire Noun

    work of art that makes fun of ideas and social convention through use of irony, sarcasm, and ridicule.

    theater Noun

    building or outdoor space for hosting performances.