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Greek and Roman Theater The Greeks in Athens built the worlds first theater about 550 BC The worlds first theater production was performed by the Greeks The Greeks were the first people to create theater performances The Romans borrowed Greek ideas to create their own productions There are many differences between the early Greek plays and the early Roman plays there are also many similarities The early plays by Greeks were tragedies consisted of acted episodes performed by one actor who also conversed with the leader of the chorus During this action chorus members would react in pattern movements and gestures to what was happening Early Greek tragedies became very elaborate and dramatic These performances developed into festivals These festivals covered several days of the end of March and were open to all Greeks The state financed the theater building and also provided its maintenance paid fees to the actors and also provided prizes for the dramatic contests The help of Greek poetry created these plays The Greeks would perform dances before they started to form Theater productions These dancing and singing festivals developed into acting This is where Greeks got their idea to have these performances After Greek civilization declined in the later part of the Hellenistic Age the Romans carried on many of the theatrical traditions the Greeks had created The Romans used Latin Language in their productions The Romans had no theatrical traditions of their own This was mainly because they were not particularly inventive especially regarding artistic and literary themes and ideas The Romans of that time were hardheaded materialistic unimaginative fighters with the admirable qualities of courage enterprise and a sense of integrity and justice They had no taste for the arts and none for personal refinements The Romans natural genius lay in their remarkable ability to borrow ideas from other people and to adapt these to their won special needs All of the Romans ideas
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