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?

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.