The theatre of Ancient Greece, or ancient Greek drama, is a theatrical culture that flourished in ancient Greece 700 BC. The city-state of Athens, which became a significant cultural, political, and military power during this period, was its centre, where it was institutionalised as part of a festival called the Dionysia, which honoured the god Dionysus. Tragedy (late 6th century BC), comedy (486 BC), and the satyr play were the three dramatic genres to emerge there. Athens exported the festival to its numerous colonies and allies in order to promote a common cultural identity.
Areopagus Worthwhile site on ancient mythology with enclopedia entries.
Bullfinch’s Mythology The entire text of Bullfinch’s Mythology of ancient Greek and Roman fable online.
Carmel Clay Schools Brief overview of Greek theatre in the ancient world.
Center for the Study of Architecture/Archaeology Images of a Greek-style theatre in Instanbul.
City University of New York Worthwhile website with useful definitions of many aspects of Greek and Roman theatres.
College of New Rochelle Webpage examining the links between Dionysus and Greek drama.
Dartmouth College Webpage exploring the historicity of the Trojan war.
Encyclopedia Mythica Very good resource on mythology, folklore and legend.
Encyclopedia.com Useful entry on Greek theatre.
IAM Excellent website with detailed maps of the ancient world.
Illinois State University University lecturer’s website on Greek theatre design and staging, including excellent photographs of various theatres today.
Illinois State University Webpage examining the Festival of Dionysus.
Karayannakos Elias Useful fansite examining various aspects of ancient Greek theatre.
Language Labyrinth Introduction to Greek Theatre.
Mythman Excellent student website with everything you need to know about Greek mythology, gods and heroes.
Mythweb Excellent student resource detailing many Greek gods and heroes with cartoon illustrations and encyclopedia entries.
Northeastern University Brief introduction to the origins of Greek theatre.
Northern State University Excellent Greek (and Roman) theatre FAQ.
Northern Virginia Community College Excellent resource examining various aspects of ancient Greek theatre, including the structure of Greek tragedies, satyr plays, acting and Greek comedy.
Northern Virginia Community College Excellent website about Greek theatre.
Plato and his Dialogues Comprehensive map of the ancient Greek world.
Scott Susong A couple of useful images of ancient Greek theatres, as they stand today.
Stanford University Explanation of the Trojan War.
Temple University Glossary of key terms for the context and performance of Greek tragedy.
Temple University Various images of the Trojan War myth – before, during and after.
The Classics Pages Useful website on various aspects of classical mythology.
Theatre History.com Comprehensive article discussing various aspects of Greek and Roman comedy.
Theatron Excellent images of 3D computer reconstructions of the Greek theatre at Messene.
Theatron Excellent images of 3D computer reconstructions of the Greek Theatre of Dionysus.
Trinity University Timeline of the Greek world.
University of Idaho Excellent webpage discussing conventions of Greek tragic theatre, including major playwrights, the acting area, the use of mask and the function of the chorus.
University of Michigan Excellent website on all the gods and heroes in classical Greek and Roman mythology.
University of Oregon Map detailing the ancient theatres outside the Greek and Roman homelands.
University of Victoria Project detailing the ancient sources of classical myth.
University of Victoria Timeline of Greek history and literature.