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Greek theater

Theater is from a Greek verb meaning ‘to behold’

Theatre as we know it began in ancient Greece with a religious ceremony called ‘dithyramb’ in which a chorus of men dressed in goat skins.

 The word ‘tragedy’ comes from a Greek expression meaning ‘goat song’…

 …and ‘theatre’ comes from a Greek verb meaning ‘to behold’.

Ancient Greek audiences stamped their feet rather than clapping their hands to applaud

 According to Aristotle, the plot is the most important feature of a dramatic performance.
The oldest play still in existence is The Persians by Aeschylus, written in 472 BC.