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Predictions for Greek Theatre paper 2024

So far in the visual source 10 markers they have assessed have been:

Choregoi vase

Bird chorus pot

Theatre at thorikos

Theatre of Dionysus in Athens

Telephus vase

Oedipus vase

Basel dancers vase


Meaning the visual sources they have NOT assessed are:

Promonos vase

Perseus dance vase

Medea’s escape vase

Tragic actors dressing

Cheiron vase

Pentheus cup

Maenad vase

Past 20 Markers have included: blindness in oedipus, chorus and comedy, the theatre as an essential part of life, visual vs spoken comedy, hamartia of curiosity in Bacchae and oedipus, visual vs spoken chorus elements in tragedyOverall, very chorus heavy. Multiple questions about visual elements versus literary elements. Only one 20m about specific plays though, so we may see a return to that, with the Pentheus cup or Maenad vase as the visual source. Possibly a 20m about actors / costuming?? Since the promonos vase and tragic actors dressing show clearly actors as actors not characters, and the cheiron vase is good to talk about comic costume....I HATE greek theatre 30 markers... the questions are all so dumb. I got outraged researching this. and I wanted the 30m to be about the frogs parados, my favourite thing to write about :frown: oh well...
‘Oedipus was an arrogant tyrant who not only deserved his suffering, but made it worse.’
Explain how far you think the theme of the family is more important in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King than in Euripides’ Bacchae.

‘The use of prophecies and omens is the most important factor in the success of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King.’
Compare and contrast how Dionysus is portrayed in Euripides’ Bacchae and Aristophanes’ Frogs.
‘Pentheus is a far nastier and less sympathetic character than Dionysus.’
Analyse whether you think that Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is a better tragedy than Euripides’ Bacchae.
‘It is impossible for a modern audience to fully enjoy a performance of Aristophanes’ Frogs.’
‘Children have teachers to instruct them, young men have the poets.’ Evaluate how far this opinion from Aristophanes’ Frogs applies more to Greek Tragedy than to Greek Comedy.
‘The most important aspect of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is the question of who killed Laius.’
Evaluate which you think tells us more about ancient Athens and the Athenians;
comedy or tragedy?

Horrible right....

I don't have the specific questions but last years was about frogs and religion in the theatre.

Anyway, topics uncovered: fate/free will, justice/revenge, IMPORTANCE OF THE POLIS, death/afterlife (in frogs), madness

I'm feeling like they'll go down the importance of the polis root, since religion/gods was covered last year and that's a good meaty q.
Original post by cinmnsoul
So far in the visual source 10 markers they have assessed have been:

Choregoi vase

Bird chorus pot

Theatre at thorikos

Theatre of Dionysus in Athens

Telephus vase

Oedipus vase

Basel dancers vase


Meaning the visual sources they have NOT assessed are:

Promonos vase

Perseus dance vase

Medea’s escape vase

Tragic actors dressing

Cheiron vase

Pentheus cup

Maenad vase

Past 20 Markers have included: blindness in oedipus, chorus and comedy, the theatre as an essential part of life, visual vs spoken comedy, hamartia of curiosity in Bacchae and oedipus, visual vs spoken chorus elements in tragedyOverall, very chorus heavy. Multiple questions about visual elements versus literary elements. Only one 20m about specific plays though, so we may see a return to that, with the Pentheus cup or Maenad vase as the visual source. Possibly a 20m about actors / costuming?? Since the promonos vase and tragic actors dressing show clearly actors as actors not characters, and the cheiron vase is good to talk about comic costume....I HATE greek theatre 30 markers... the questions are all so dumb. I got outraged researching this. and I wanted the 30m to be about the frogs parados, my favourite thing to write about :frown: oh well...
‘Oedipus was an arrogant tyrant who not only deserved his suffering, but made it worse.’
Explain how far you think the theme of the family is more important in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King than in Euripides’ Bacchae.
‘The use of prophecies and omens is the most important factor in the success of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King.’
Compare and contrast how Dionysus is portrayed in Euripides’ Bacchae and Aristophanes’ Frogs.
‘Pentheus is a far nastier and less sympathetic character than Dionysus.’
Analyse whether you think that Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is a better tragedy than Euripides’ Bacchae.
‘It is impossible for a modern audience to fully enjoy a performance of Aristophanes’ Frogs.’
‘Children have teachers to instruct them, young men have the poets.’ Evaluate how far this opinion from Aristophanes’ Frogs applies more to Greek Tragedy than to Greek Comedy.
‘The most important aspect of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is the question of who killed Laius.’
Evaluate which you think tells us more about ancient Athens and the Athenians;
comedy or tragedy?
Horrible right....
I don't have the specific questions but last years was about frogs and religion in the theatre.
Anyway, topics uncovered: fate/free will, justice/revenge, IMPORTANCE OF THE POLIS, death/afterlife (in frogs), madness
I'm feeling like they'll go down the importance of the polis root, since religion/gods was covered last year and that's a good meaty q.

what would polis questions look like?
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Original post by chappers1234
what would polis questions look like?

just noting down some ideas for if the q was smth like evaluate/explore the importance of the polis to tragedy/comedy/theatre since this is a part of the spec that hasn't been covered really at all yet.. it might have a quote to argue for/against since they really seem to like that style of q atm but I can't think of one rn 😭

plays were funded by a citizen / people from all 10 tribes attended the theatre / judged by randomly picked citizens

theoric fund (GOLDHILL > “The Theoric Fund, which made payments to the citizens to enable them to attend the theatre, was protected by law: it was a prosecutable offence even to propose changes to the fund. It is easy to infer that attendance at the theatre was regarded as a citizen’s duty, privilege and requirement.”)

GOLDHILL > “The theatre was a space in which all the citizens were actors as the city itself and its leading citizens were put on display.”

theatre of Dionysus at Athens connected to the agora

the chorus of oedipus as the theban elders / his subjects

the perversion of the 'natural' order of the polis in bacchae angers pentheus (women running mad) (MORWOOD > “In driving the Theban women from the city to worship him on the mountainside, Dionysus has profoundly disrupted the city’s social structure. The women have abandoned not only their looms but their children too.”)

EDITH HALL > “Athenian dependence on recognised membership of the polis was expressed in the recurrence of the themes of exile and loss of civic rights.”

comedy often draws on contemporary issues of the polis for its humour (DOVER > “Of all the men whom we know from historical sources to have achieved political prominence at Athens during (this period), there is not one who is not attacked and ridiculed.”)

frogs in particular u could possibly make a case for the law trial like vibe of the debate between Euripides and Aeschylus emphasises the importance of the polis w/ reference to this CARTLEDGE quote > “the tragedians’ exploitation of technical legal language and ideas underlines the affinity between the theatre and the courts.”


this is just me brainstorming lol I haven't come up w/ a full proper plan for this q yet... if u have any other ideas lemme know hope this makes a bit more sense 😄
Original post by cinmnsoul
So far in the visual source 10 markers they have assessed have been:

Choregoi vase

Bird chorus pot

Theatre at thorikos

Theatre of Dionysus in Athens

Telephus vase

Oedipus vase

Basel dancers vase


Meaning the visual sources they have NOT assessed are:

Promonos vase

Perseus dance vase

Medea’s escape vase

Tragic actors dressing

Cheiron vase

Pentheus cup

Maenad vase

Past 20 Markers have included: blindness in oedipus, chorus and comedy, the theatre as an essential part of life, visual vs spoken comedy, hamartia of curiosity in Bacchae and oedipus, visual vs spoken chorus elements in tragedyOverall, very chorus heavy. Multiple questions about visual elements versus literary elements. Only one 20m about specific plays though, so we may see a return to that, with the Pentheus cup or Maenad vase as the visual source. Possibly a 20m about actors / costuming?? Since the promonos vase and tragic actors dressing show clearly actors as actors not characters, and the cheiron vase is good to talk about comic costume....I HATE greek theatre 30 markers... the questions are all so dumb. I got outraged researching this. and I wanted the 30m to be about the frogs parados, my favourite thing to write about :frown: oh well...
‘Oedipus was an arrogant tyrant who not only deserved his suffering, but made it worse.’
Explain how far you think the theme of the family is more important in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King than in Euripides’ Bacchae.
‘The use of prophecies and omens is the most important factor in the success of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King.’
Compare and contrast how Dionysus is portrayed in Euripides’ Bacchae and Aristophanes’ Frogs.
‘Pentheus is a far nastier and less sympathetic character than Dionysus.’
Analyse whether you think that Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is a better tragedy than Euripides’ Bacchae.
‘It is impossible for a modern audience to fully enjoy a performance of Aristophanes’ Frogs.’
‘Children have teachers to instruct them, young men have the poets.’ Evaluate how far this opinion from Aristophanes’ Frogs applies more to Greek Tragedy than to Greek Comedy.
‘The most important aspect of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is the question of who killed Laius.’
Evaluate which you think tells us more about ancient Athens and the Athenians;
comedy or tragedy?
Horrible right....
I don't have the specific questions but last years was about frogs and religion in the theatre.
Anyway, topics uncovered: fate/free will, justice/revenge, IMPORTANCE OF THE POLIS, death/afterlife (in frogs), madness
I'm feeling like they'll go down the importance of the polis root, since religion/gods was covered last year and that's a good meaty q.

in case anyone wants to know, last yrs questions for 30 markers were:

Analyse whether the first half of Aristophanes Frogs (Dionysus' travels) contributes more to the success of the play than the second half (the contest between Aeschylus and Euripides). Justify your answer with close reference to Aristophanes' Frogs.
OR
"The Gods and Religion are at the heart of ancient Greek Theatre". Assess how far you agree with this statement. Justify your answer with close reference to at least two of the plays you have studied.
what vase does anyone predict? I know it's kind of impossible to tell but just curious
how would you answer a twenty marker on costume?

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